Ex-Haas F1 Driver Esteban Gutierrez To Make Formula E Debut

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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.

Ex-Haas F1 Driver Esteban Gutierrez To Make Formula E Debut

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.

Ex-Haas F1 Driver Esteban Gutierrez To Make Formula E Debut

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.

Ex-Haas F1 Driver Esteban Gutierrez To Make Formula E Debut

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.

Ex-Haas F1 Driver Esteban Gutierrez To Make Formula E Debut

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.

Ex-Haas F1 Driver Esteban Gutierrez To Make Formula E Debut

"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."

Ex-Haas F1 Driver Esteban Gutierrez To Make Formula E Debut

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."

Ex-Haas F1 Driver Esteban Gutierrez To Make Formula E Debut

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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Story first published: Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 15:14 [IST]
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