Esteban Gutierrez will make a competitive return to Formula 1 in 2016 with the Haas F1 Team after the worst kept secret in Formula 1 was finally revealed in Mexico last night.
The former Sauber F1 Team driver and 2015 Scuderia Ferrari reserve driver will line-up alongside Romain Grosjean for the Haas team’s first Formula 1 season when it joins the grid in 2016.
“This is an excellent opportunity that builds on my time with Ferrari and I will make the most of it,” said Gutiérrez. “Gene Haas believes in me and I believe in how he’s going about competing in Formula One.
“To have a race seat in a competitive car with Ferrari power is very special, and I appreciate the faith he has in me. I trust we’ll be able to achieve great things together.”
Team owner Gene Haas mentioned that Gutierrez is both young and experienced, something he and his team were looking for in a driver for the first year of Formula 1, and feels the Mexican and Frenchman Grosjean will form a strong driver pairing.
“I got to know Esteban through our relationship with Ferrari, and after looking at the success he’s had to earn his role there, it became clear he was an excellent choice for our race team,” said Haas.
“He’s young and hungry, but not inexperienced. His two years running a full F1 schedule has given him some very good race experience, and having spent this season at Ferrari as their third driver allowed him to see first-hand the methodology that makes Ferrari such a power in Formula One.
“We’re very happy to have Esteban as a part of our race team. Between him and Romain, we have a strong driver line-up that will help us develop our car and, ultimately, score some points in our inaugural season.”