In the meantime, with the prospect of his first home Grand Prix in 2015 to spur him on, we thought we'd quiz the Sauber star on a few of the other firsts in his life...
Who was your first hero when you were a child?
Esteban Gutierrez: My mum - when I knew what she went through just before I was born.
What was the first Grand Prix you can remember watching?
EG: It was in Montreal in 2007. I will never forget that because Robert Kubica crashed just in front of me.
How old were you when you first decided you wanted to be an F1 driver?
EG: I was 14 years old when I decided that this would be my destiny.
When was your first big accident in a race car?
EG: That was in pre-season testing in Formula BMW. It was quite a shunt - but there was no harm to me.
What colour was your first helmet?
EG: Yellow, gold, blue - very sophisticated! (laughs)
When did you win your first trophy in racing and what did it look like?
EG: It was in karting in 2004 and it felt like nothing I had experienced before: to be on the podium after a fantastic fight - and go away with the trophy. It looked like a standard trophy - and not really big - but for me right then it was the most beautiful pot in the world!
What was the first road car you drove?
EG: My brother's VW Jetta VR6. I remember he didn't really trust me…
Where was the first house you lived in?
EG: In Monterrey, Mexico. I still live there whenever I am in Mexico.
How nervous were you on your first day of school?
EG: I don't remember ever feeling nervous in school - not even on day one!
What was the first meal you ever cooked?
EG: My special quesadillas. I still cook them when I am home in Mexico.
What was the first thing you did this morning?
EG: Woke up and texted ‘good morning' to my girlfriend.
What was the first thing you did after getting your first F1 seat?
EG: Smiled and promised to myself that I'll do anything that is needed to be a world champion, no matter how challenging it gets.
What was the first record you bought?
EG: Definitely something Mexican, but I'm not really sure.
What was the first sport you participated in as a kid?
EG: Golf and basketball. But then came my brother's car and I knew where my destiny lied…
When was your first romantic kiss?
EG: Truely romantic? Not so long ago.
When was the first time you were asked to sign an autograph for a fan?
EG: In 2007, when my mum told me she was also a fan of mine. She asked me to sign a picture of us dedicated to her.
When did you first taste champagne?
EG: Hard to say... maybe a New Year's Eve long ago.
Which would you eat first - a piece of fruit or a piece of chocolate?
EG: Fruit - and I would add special Mexican spicy chili powder. (laughs)
What was the first word you said as a baby?
EG: Good question. I'd have to investigate with my mum.