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Esteban Gutierrez to Sauber, Charles Pic to Caterham

by Ravi Ved Pics: DPPI Posted on November 23, 2012 20:39 IST 1,348 Views

Sauber F1 Team signs Esteban Gutierrez to driver alongside Nico Hulkenberg while Caterham F1 Team signs Charles Pic to drive for them



Esteban Gutierrez new driver for Sauber F1 Team



In a recent announcement the Sauber F1 team announced that reserve and test driver will secure the second race seat of the team. The 21-year old will partner Nico Hulkenberg who moved from the Sahara Force India team to the Swiss squad last month. The team also signed Dutchman Robin Frijns as their new test and reserve driver.


“Esteban has already been part of the team for a long time and we have followed his career very closely,” said Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn. “In 2010 we signed him up as an affiliated driver, and in 2011 and 2012 he was our test and reserve driver. We mapped out his path to Formula One step by step. Esteban has great talent and now he’s ready to take the leap.” 


“It will be a great pleasure to be racing in the same team as an experienced driver like Nico Hülkenberg. He will be a good reference point for me and will push me to adapt quickly to F1 competition so we can develop the car together with the team in the best way,” Gutierrez said.



Kamui Kobayashi



With Hulkenberg replacing Sergio Perez and Esteban’s contract with Sauber, leaves current driver Kamui Kobayashi, who has been with the team since the 2010 season, without a race seat for 2013.


Meanwhile, race seats of Heikki nKovalainen and Vitaly Petrov also seem under jeopardy after the Caterham team announced Charles Pic as their first signing. The French driver was signed for Marussia at the same time this year before the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix and the Interlagos paddock once again was the backdrop for a new beginning, as Caterham announced that they had inked a multi-year deal with the current Marussia driver.



Charles Pic Catheram F1 Team



"Throughout the 2012 season we have been monitoring the progress that Charles has made, challenging us on several occasions in qualifying, and it is clear that he is a special talent,” continued Abiteboul. “As the year has progressed he has performed extremely well against a very experienced team mate and we are looking forward to seeing him develop further within the environment we will provide in 2013 and beyond.


Petrov and Kovalainen are yet to find a race seat for 2013 while Caterham also has to confirm Pic’s team-mate for the upcoming season. Pic will drive for Marussia for the last time in this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, post which his spot at the Banbury-based team will also be up for grabs. 


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