Esteban Successfully Concludes his GP2 Asia Series
Imola, Italy – Today’s race start was very important for the young Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez, as he not only avoided an early accident, which involved several drivers who unfortunately were forced to abandon the race including Esteban’s teammate Jules Bianchi, but also gained positions, showing a step forward that is the result from his own work and all of Lotus ART Team as well.
“Definitely, the crash at the first corner was difficult to avoid and it was very important for us not to crash other cars; it was critical that I made a good start and after that, turn after turn during the first lap, I was aggressive and smart to overtake other drivers who were too conservative on that lap.
“It was a very positive day for the team and especially for me because it shows our progress and how important it has been, as this is part of the learning and adaptation curve that adds up to all that we have been through race after race”, commented the driver after the race.
The fight for fourth place with reigning series champion Romain Grosjean was very intense for the 19 year old driver who finally overtook the Frenchman when there were two laps to go; however Grosjean tried to avoid contact with Esteban and when he did he left the track and cut the corner through the grass, which brought him a penalty that handed back fourth place to the Mexican.
“We finished the race being smart, in general terms we were conservative with the tires and were closing hard when I tried to overtake Grosjean, which eventually happened, not on the track but after the race when he was penalized.
“Overtaking is really difficult on this track but I knew I had the speed. In the end we were conservative, trying to be consistent, and that turned out to be a positive thing and the best we could have done. We keep moving forward and now we will focus on the next event”, he added.
This weekend at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy, was the last event for Esteban on the Asian Series, as now he will focus on the GP2 European Series, which starts off with its official test next 5th and 6th of April in Silverstone.
“My participation through the GP2 Asia Series has been very positive for me. It is always difficult at the start; you go through experiences where you have to learn many things. We have to be realistic to keep in the same direction and to make progress one-step at a time.
“It was very productive because it worked as part of my preparation for the next stage, the GP2 European Series, which is what really matters; so this whole experience was very important and positive, including our mistakes, to be prepared for the new season”, remarked Gutierrez.
With the three points earned this morning, Esteban Gutierrez finished in 11th place of the GP2 Asia mini championship that concluded today in Imola, Italy. Also, his teammate, Jules Bianchi, accomplished second in the driver’s championship, while their team LOTUS ART achieved second place in the team’s championship.
Esteban will travel today to Hinwil, Switzerland, where he will meet with Sauber F1 team for the making of his seat for the new Sauber car, the C-30. After that very important duty as a reserve and test driver for the Swiss team, Esteban will return to Paris to continue working on his physical training and to meet with team Lotus ART in preparation for the start of the GP2 season in Europe.