Sauber retain Esteban Gutierrez for 2014 season

Gutierrez scored his first points in F1 with a sixth place finish in the 15th race of the season at Suzuka in the 2013 season.

updated: December 21, 2013 15:27 IST
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Hinwil, Switzerland: Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez will stay with Sauber for his second Formula 1 season, the Swiss team announced Saturday.

Gutierrez signing was completed a week after Sauber brought the experienced Adrian Sutil from Force India. The extension given to the 22-year-old means there will two Mexican drivers on the grid in 2014, giving the South American nation a boost as it seeks a return on the F1 calendar.

"We are pleased Esteban will drive for us in 2014, because we believe he is a talented young racing driver. Last season he experienced first hand how hard it can be for a rookie to step into F1. Nevertheless, throughout the season he improved significantly in qualifying as well as in the races and finished the year as the best rookie in the drivers' championship," said team principal Monisha Kalternborn.

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