|Born||August 8, 1991||Nationality||Mexican|
|Team||Sauber||F1 Debut||Australia 2013|
|Career statistics to end 2012|
|Pole Position(s)||-||Fastest Lap(s)||-|
With Sergio Perez gone to potential glory with McLaren and Kamui Kobayashi simply gone, Sauber start 2013 with an all-new driver pairing.
Alongside rising German star Nico Hülkenberg will be another Mexican in the form of 21-year-old Esteban Gutiérrez.
Gutiérrez has been on the Swiss outfit’s radar for three years and was their test and reserve driver in 2011 and 2012. “I feel very grateful for all the attention I have received from everyone in the team and for all their input, which has allowed me to develop into a Formula One driver in a very progressive way,” he said when his signing as replacement for Perez was announced.
His pedigree is well-nigh impeccable: runner-up in Formula BMW USA in 2007, he moved to Europe to win the Formula BMW title there in 2008. By 2010 he was champion in the new category called GP3, taking five race wins in the process.
Gutiérrez then completed two seasons in GP2, finishing third overall in 2012 with Lotus GP and taking three race wins at Silverstone, Valencia and Budapest.
His first F1 test with Sauber came as far back as 2009, his most recent at the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi last November. As he says, “This is the start of the real challenge…”