Esteban Gutierrez has become the latest Formula 1 driver to lose a drive in the sport and divert attention to Formula E.
It turns out scoring no points in the 2016 F1 season wasn’t enough for Gutierrez to remain on the grid for this year. Who would have thought?
The Mexican suffered a bit of bad luck, to be fair, but he still failed to score a single top 10 result and lost his seat at Haas F1 to Kevin Magnussen.
With the F1 2017 seats getting snapped up pretty quickly (apart from Mercedes, but we don’t think he’s a contender…) Gutierrez has been forced to look elsewhere.
Now he’s been announced as a Formula E ambassador and will compete in a select few races this season, while he mulls over options for a full campaign in 2017/2018.
So, it appears Gutierrez will act as a sort of super-sub for drivers having to miss Formula E due to a date clash. Anyway, that’s how it appears.
The Mexico City press conference confirmed Gutierrez will race in his home Formula E round in April, while the FE website states he’ll also compete in the first New York ePrix.
— FIA Formula E (@FIAformulaE) January 9, 2017
More information and details on his switch to Formula E will be announced soon, which is good, because not much has been revealed so far.
We’re not sure what team (or teams, if it’s a few races) Gutierrez will race for and which drivers he’ll be replacing.
But that’ll become clear in the next few weeks. So, he’ll be making his Formula E debut this year, becoming the eighth ex-F1 driver to race in the all-electric series.