Former Haas F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez will make his Formula E debut later this year. He made this decision after losing his F1 seat at the U.S-owned team to Kevin Magnussen.
Gutierrez was announced as the latest driver to enter the Formula E series yesterday at a press conference in Mexico city. Last year, the Mexican failed to score a single point in the F1 championship.
After a down-and-out season, the only hope Gutierrez had to stay in the F1 paddock was with the Manor team but last week they went into administration. It sealed the fate of the 25-year-old to seek a position elsewhere.
The young Mexican driver also has a good relationship with Formula E boss Alejandro Agag. In yesterday's event, along with Agag, the mayor of Mexico City Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa was also present.
Agag said, "I've known Esteban since very early on in his career. He's a great driver. I've seen him in GP3, GP2 and Formula 1, obviously. He is a great addition to the championship.
"We are incredibly excited to welcome him, and I think --for the Mexico race especially -- but I think this could be the start of a very long and successful career in Formula E."
Speaking about his Formula E entry, Gutierrez stated, "I'll do the Mexico race and probably others in preparation for the 2018 season. It's an exciting future for my career. I feel very proud of being a part of this new tendency of electric cars."
Gutierrez's joining to the electric car paddock will give the series a massive boost and the Mexican race, which is scheduled on April 1. The series is already gaining attention in the motorsport world with ex-Formula One drivers joining the championship.
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