Formula 1 News

Gutierrez expects Hulkenberg to beat him early in 2013

Experience will play an important role among drivers in the upward moving Sauber team.
Monday, February 25, 2013

February 25th, 2013 (GMM).- Esteban Gutierrez is expecting his Sauber teammate to outpace him early in 2013.

A test driver for the Swiss team since 2010, the 21-year-old Mexican has finally moved into the race cockpit this year, as his Telmex-backed countryman Sergio Perez moves to McLaren.

Team founder Peter Sauber admitted earlier this month that he would like Gutierrez to match the more experienced Nico Hulkenberg "right from the beginning" in 2013.

Gutierrez said: "He has three years of experience, and I cannot compare with that, but for me he is definitely a great reference.

"I will use the opportunity to adapt quickly and be at his level this season, but just not right at the beginning," he told the Spanish newspaper Marca in an interview.

Nevertheless, the young Mexican has looked strong during the pre-season testing. On Friday and under the ugly weather conditions of Barcelona, he slid just once and completed 96 laps bringing good times in the process.

Hulkenberg also posted good numbers, which is not only an indicator of the drivers' performance, but also that the C32 clearly seems a step up from last year. Sauber's aggressive design, new livery and new drivers for sure translate to motivation running high, and so expectations are too. Here is more were Hulkenberg has the edge given his experience in handling pressure and the need to deliver.

Last season, Sauber improved and passed emerging Force India, a trend that seems will continue this time around.
 

Your Comments

 

Next F1 Race

Spain
May 10
Spain

Formula 1 News

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lauda wants Hamilton deal by Spanish GP

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Catching Ferrari 'difficult' - Smedley

F1plusStore

F1 Standings

Drivers
Teams
1 Lewis Hamilton 93
2 Nico Rosberg 66
3 Sebastian Vettel 65
4 Kimi Räikkönen 42
5 Felipe Massa 31
6 Valtteri Bottas 30
1 Mercedes 159
2 Ferrari 107
3 Williams F1 61
4 Red Bull Racing 23
5 Sauber 19
6 Scuderia Toro Rosso 12

View complete standings table »

F1plusStore

Last F1 Race

Bahrain Grand Prix
Manama, Bahrain Circuit
1
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
2
Kimi Räikkönen
Ferrari
3
Nico Rosberg
Mercedes
Fastest Lap

Kimi Räikkönen
1'36.311s

Pole Position

Lewis Hamilton

View all »

 

Follow Us