Esteban Gutierrez will make the switch to Formula E after losing his F1 seat at Haas. The Mexican will competing selected rounds, including his home ePrix, but it’s not yet known what team he’ll be joining.
Gutierrez joins FE as an official ambassador, and will race in three of the season’s ten remaining races: Mexico and the New York double header.
The 25 year old is looking to secure a full entry for 2017/18.
“I’ve known Esteban since very early on in his career,” said FE CEO Alejandro Agag. “He’s a great driver. I’ve seen him in GP3, GP2 and Formula 1, obviously. He is a great addition to the championship, we are incredibly excited to welcome him and I think for the Mexico race especially, but I think this could be the start of a very long and successful career in Formula E.”
Gutierrez found success in his junior career, but scored a total of six points in his three years racing in F1. His move to FE comes after finishing 21st in the 2016 championship.
“I’ve been always watching and following Formula E, because of my relationship with Alejandro,” he said. “I have always been following his projects and Formula E being one of them. I have been very impressed at how the category has grown, the electric cars are the future of mobility in the cities, so it is a very interesting way of how the innovation is being pushed through the category. I’m delighted to now be a part of it.”
The Mexican hasn’t yet decided which team he’ll be joining. Possible contenders include Dragon Racing, replacing Loic Duval whilst he competes in the DTM, and Techeetah, racing alongside Jean-Eric Vergne, who he’s already worked with whilst a test driver at Ferrari.
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