Sauber confirms Gutierrez alongside Sutil

Saturday 21st December 2013, 19:32 by TF1T Staff 

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Sauber have finalised their 2014 line-up with the announcement that Esteban Gutierrez will continue in his current position.

The Mexican will race alongside new team-mate Adrian Sutil who was confirmed earlier in the month after agreeing a move from Force India.

Discussing his continuation, Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn explained the reasoning behind the decision to retain the 22-year-old.

"We are pleased Esteban will drive for us in 2014, because we believe he is a talented young racing driver," she said.

"Last season he experienced first hand how hard it can be for a rookie to step into Formula One. Nevertheless, throughout the season he improved significantly in qualifying as well as in the races and finished the year as the best rookie in the drivers’ championship.

"Often the results didn’t fully reflect his performances. I am confident Esteban will be able to use his experiences to gain results, and this will be helped by the fact he is very well acquainted with every member of the race team."

Esteban Gutierrez added: "I am happy to be able to continue as a driver for the Sauber F1 Team. It was a steep learning curve last season, but by working closely with the team I was able to improve continuously.

"It will be my fourth year with the team, the second as a racing driver, and I feel comfortable in taking the next step. The technical challenges in 2014 will be massive. Therefore it will be even more important to know well the people you are working with. I will do my very best to improve even more and support the team the best way I can."

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