Former Haas F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez has announced during a press conference that he will race in Formula E. The 25-year-old Mexican driver said he will race in Mexico on April 1 and is likely to cover a few other events too. No team was announced.
“Well I’m very happy to be here and to finally make the announcement of my future plans. I feel very grateful to Alejandro and Alberto, which we’ve both known each other for a very long time and now we can work together in this new path,” Gutierrez said.
“I’ve been always watching and following Formula E, because of my relationship with Alejandro. 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, 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.”
Gutierrez joins the series as an official ambassador and is in advanced discussions with a number of teams, currently analysing potential options with a view to secure a full entry for the 2017/18 season. According to a statement, full details will be released in the coming weeks.
The announcement was revealed in front of a selection of media, local dignitaries, Alejandro Agag and Miguel Angel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico City, at Patio Virreinal del Antiguo Palacio del Ayuntamiento.
“I’ve known Esteban since very early on in his career. He’s a great driver, I’ve seen him in GP3, GP2 and Formula 1 obviously,” said Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Formula E. “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.”
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