Gutierrez named BMW Sauber reserve for 2011 20 Sep 2010
Esteban Gutierrez is to be BMW Saubers test and reserve driver for the 2011 season. Gutierrez has already worked with the team during 2010 as an affiliated driver and gleaned his first Formula One experience behind the wheel of the BMW Sauber F1.09 at the young driver test at Jerez in December 2009.
The 19 year-old recently took a comfortable victory in the 2010 GP3 championship for ART. He notched up three pole positions, was on the podium a total of nine times and won five of the 16 races.
Esteban is extremely mature for his age, and it has been a great pleasure to have him with us a great deal of the time this year as an affiliated driver, said team principal Peter Sauber. The team was rooting for him during his intelligent fighting performances in the GP3 Series. We are confident he will continue to develop strongly. With his modest manner and keen desire to learn, he has also made himself very popular among the team.
As an affiliated driver, Gutierrez has spent a great deal of time in the BMW Sauber garage during Grands Prix this year, enjoying access to the pit radio and technical briefings.
In that way I learnt a great deal about the professionalism and practical procedures in the Formula One team, explained the Mexican. Plus, in early September I had an opportunity to attend the teams fitness camp with the two team drivers. Formula One is my ambition, and Im really grateful to Peter Sauber for his confidence in me and my ability.
Gutierrez will be in the cockpit of the C29 for the young driver test, which will take place following the season finale in Abu Dhabi in November.
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