Gutiérrez impressed by Formula E growth
10 January 2017 – Esteban Gutiérrez says he has been "very impressed" by Formula E's growth since it arrived on the racing scene in 2014, as he prepares for his series debut during its third season.
Gutiérrez returned to Formula 1 with Haas in 2016 but was dropped at the end of the season and, with few alternate race seats, is now exploring his options outside of the top echelon.
It was announced on Monday that Gutiérrez will contest the Mexico City (April 1) and New York (July 15-16) Formula E events, with a view to landing a full drive for the 2017-18 campaign.
Gutiérrez, joined at Monday's press call by series boss Alejandro Agag and the mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera, declared himself "delighted" to be a part of Formula E.
"I've always been following Formula E, because of my relationship with Alejandro; I've always been following his projects, [with] Formula E being one of them," Gutiérrez commented.
"I've been very impressed at how the category has grown; electric cars are the future of mobility in cities, so it's a very interesting way of how the innovation is being pushed through the category.
"I'm very happy to finally make the announcement of my future plans."
Agag welcomed Gutiérrez's arrival, describing him as a "great addition".
"I've known Esteban since very early on in his career," he explained.
"He's a great driver, I've seen him in GP3, GP2 and Formula 1 obviously.
"He's a great addition, we're incredibly excited to welcome him, I think for the Mexico race especially, but this could be the start of a very long and successful career in Formula E."
Gutiérrez, 25, has not yet confirmed which outfit he will be racing for this season, though Formula E officials have stated that he "is in advanced discussions with a number of teams".