Esteban Gutiérrez was a Mexican Formula 1 driver who debuted in the 2013 season with Sauber F1 Team, he stayed with that team for the next season. In 2015, he became Ferrari’s test driver and in 2016 he was official driver for Haas F1 Team. His Formula 1 career as an official driver ended up with the American team. Nowadays, Gutiérrez is Mercedes’ development driver. He also competed in Formula E with Techeetah and IndyCar Series with Dale Coyne Racing.
As we known, recently, the Mexican Gran Prix extended its contract with Formula 1 for 3 more years. This was a nice announcement because the Mexican GP has been the best sport event for the last 4 years, and it could’ve been very bad if the contract would not have been renewed. The Mexican ex-driver shared his opinions and he said that it was a very smart move from the Mexico GP staff, why? Because it doesn’t involve too much the government. Previously, Formula 1 and Liberty Media asked to the Mexican GP staff to pay around 400 million of Mexican pesos but the government disagreed because it was a huge amount of money, so certain private companies gave the money to Liberty Media and the local government didn’t pay anything. This means that there won’t be any advertisements of Mexico or anything related to the government during the Mexican GP weekend.
“I’m really happy, when I heard about the news I felt a relief, because it is an event that we needed to maintain in Mexico, an event that, if not the most important in sports level, with a huge economy spill for our country because it is an excuse for tourists to come and in the GP, we show a lot of cultural aspects of our country.” Said Gutiérrez.
“I really like this new concept for the Mexican GP, which doesn’t involve the government and instead, it has the support of private companies. If the government and private companies had more alliances, it would be very important for our country in the financial aspect.” Argued the development driver for Mercedes.