The American racing team Haas F1 will make its debut next year. They’ve announced their second driver at an event at the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City – Esteban Gutierrez will join Romain Grosjean as a teammate.
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Esteban shifted to Ferrari to play the role of the development driver, he had previously made his debut with Sauber F1 team at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix. Gene Haas, owner of Haas F1 team, said: “I got to know Esteban through our relationship with Ferrari”. This indicates Ferrari’s push to Esteban with their link, after signing the engine and power supply deal with the American team earlier this year. Haas added: “His two years running a full F1 schedule has given him some very good race experience, and having spent this season at Ferrari as their third driver allowed him to see firsthand the methodology that makes Ferrari such a power in Formula 1.”
Gutierrez stated: “This is an excellent opportunity that builds on my time with Ferrari and I will make the most of it. Gene Haas believes in me and I believe in how he’s going about competing in Formula 1. To have a race seat in a competitive car with Ferrari power is very special, and I appreciate the faith he has in me. I trust we’ll be able to achieve great things together”.
An American team will have a Mexican driver – this will surely influence the Latin American community and the team’s popularity in Mexico. It will also help the team pull Latin-American sponsors and Mexican tie-ups in the future which is seen with Carlos Slim Domit’s Telmex-Telcel Racing making its foray with this announcement.
With the engine provider finalised, facility at Banbury starting its work and their driver line-up complete, the team is only left to fill up other positions in the organisation which they have mentioned on their team website such as race engineers, technicians, aero performance analyst, etc. The next announcement one can expect from them is that of their Technical Director.