Sauber won’t rush Gutierrez into F1 seat
17 June, 2011
Jun.17 (GMM) Sauber F1 Team wants to ease Esteban Gutierrez into Formula 1 rather than throw him in the deep end with a last minute race seat which could impact negatively on their young reserve driver.
That was the explanation of team boss Peter Sauber on Thursday following the Mexican teenager’s disappointment about not being called up in Montreal to replace the ill Sergio Perez.
To official reserve driver Gutierrez’s annoyance, he was not even summoned to Canada before his McLaren counterpart Pedro de la Rosa sat in for Perez who gave up his seat after feeling unwell after Friday’s free practice in the aftermath of his huge crash at Monaco .
“I understand the question, but we have a responsibility to Gutierrez,” Sauber is quoted by Speed Week.
“It is important to bring him slowly towards formula one,” added Sauber, whose Hinwil based team is heavily backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s companies.