Gutierrez to make Ferrari test debut in Spain

Esteban Gutierrez will make his testing debut for the Scuderia Ferrari team in next week’s post-Spanish Grand Prix test at the Circuit de Catalunya, as both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will skip the test.

The Mexican was signed to the Italian team after racing for two years with the Sauber F1 Team, and will take the reigns of the SF15-T on Wednesday, with Ferrari Driver Academy driver Raffaele Marciello driving on Tuesday.

“You can imagine how special it is for me,” said Gutierrez to Autosport. “This was not planned at the beginning of the year, and now I have been given the opportunity to drive the car.

“It will be a chance for me to give a different perspective and feedback, and also to make a correlation to the simulator. It will be an important day – one of the most special of my career.

“If it was not planned, and then they give you the chance, it’s a very positive indication. It means I’ve been doing a reasonable job.”