Esteban Gutierrez focusing on a strong result in Hungary


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Esteban Gutierrez is looking forward to the challenging circuit that is the Hungaroring this weekend.

The Haas F1 Team driver finished in sixteenth at the British Grand Prix behind the Sauber of Felipe Nasr. During his first pit stop he lost time then he pitted late to switch to slicks but was unable to achieve the pace needed to challenge those ahead of him.

“Budapest is a track where the temperatures are usually very hot,” said Gutierrez. “The main characteristic of the tyre is that they get overheated very easily. But I know the car and I am confident in driving the car, so with any kind of conditions or track characteristics you just get used to it very quickly.

During the Mexican’s Formula BMW 2007 season, the Hungaroring was the first track he tested in Europe. So every time he returns to the circuit, it brings back great memories. Even though it’s a slow circuit, you have to be focused all the time as all the different corners make it very demanding. Gutierrez is looking forward to this challenge this weekend.

“It’s the first track I tested in Europe back at the end of 2007 when I tested Formula BMW, so it brings me great memories every time I come back there. I have achieved great results, so mainly from that point of view, I’m happy to be back. It is a slow track, but it has also quick corners and a very interesting layout.

“You have to be focused all the time because all the corners make it very demanding – mentally and physically. But I like that challenge. It’s a nice track and I really look forward to the experience.”