A brief biography of ex-F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez, including his career history and Formula One statistics
Esteban Gutiérrez had just turned 13 when he picked up a love of karting from his older brother Andrés and made his first appearance in the Mexican Rotax Max Challenge. After three years of karting promise, Gutierrez quickly stepped up to cars.
In 2007 he moved to single seaters and was runner-up in the Formula BMW USA series having won four races during the campaign. He moved to Europe in 2008 and took part in the Formula BMW Europe championship, where he notched up seven wins and 12 podiums to beat Marco Wittmann to the title by 26 points.
A lukewarm season in the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2009 saw him competing alongside the likes of Jules Bianchi and Valtteri Bottas, and the following year he took part in the inaugural GP3 season where future Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi was among his ART team-mates. However it was Gutiérrez who dominated the season with five wins and three more podium finishes in 16 races to claim the title.
As well as a position as Sauber F1's official test and reserve driver, the title also meant that ART boosted him into GP2. It didn't prove to be the instant sort of success Gutiérrez had become accustomed to, although he won in Valencia and was runner-up in Hungary. His second season was more successful with two wins and four more podiums, but that was only good enough for third place in the championship behind Davide Valsecchi and Luiz Razia.
That season also saw Gutiérrez make his first appearance in Formula One, taking over the Sauber from Sergio Perez for FP1 in India. When Perez was poached by McLaren, Gutiérrez was handed the seat full-time in 2013 alongside Nico Hülkenberg, partly thanks to the backing of the Escuderia Telmex programme that supports up-and-coming Mexican racers.
The youngest of five rookies on the grid in 2013, Gutierrez struggled to get up to speed but a points-winning drive in Japan was enough to convince the team to retain him for a second season, but an uncompetitive car meant that he failed to finish in the points all year and retired on six occasions. Sauber opted for a complete change of drivers, leaving Gutiérrez to pick up a position as a reserve driver for Ferrari.
That put Gutiérrez at the front of the line when the brand new Haas F1 team came looking for a driver for their Ferrari-powered 2016 entry. Unfortunately the usual glitches of a new set-up meant Gutiérrez has yet to manage to finish in the points for Haas, although he came achingly close with a number P11s.
Gutiérrez was let go for the 2017 season and replaced by Kevin Magnussen