Esteban Gutierrez admits he has a lot to learn and says he doesn’t know yet if he’s well enough prepared for his F1 debut with Sauber next year.
Although the Mexican has been associated with the team for several years, he has done relatively little testing during that time.
“To be honest I don’t know if I’m ready yet,” said Gutierrez. “I think when I’m going to be living the position of being an F1 driver next season, then I’m going to know if I was ready or not! But definitely I feel that I was comfortable to do the next step in my career. After all the experience in Formula BMW, F2, GP3 and GP2 – two years in GP2 – and now F1, it’s one of the basic structures of introduction into racing.
“And now reaching F1 is just the beginning of a reality, so I’m very pleased with it and really thankful with all my team my family, my parents, because they were always very supportive. It’s a family project and reaching this position is very special for us, it’s an important step in my career.”
Regarding the expectations in Mexico given the success of Sergio Perez, he said: “It’s important to take it in a very realistic way. Of course I’m going to try to adapt as quick as possible, and not only as quick as possible, I want to reach a certain solidness in F1 first of all. I think one of the main goals is to try to be consistent, because that’s the way to be then progressive into the future.
“I think things for the team have been looking very good in the last two years, and hopefully we can do another step next season.”
On the subject of new team mate Nico Hulkenberg he said: “Nico is a very experienced driver, knowing that he will be my team mate, I think it’s great to have a good reference.”