Gutiérrez not thinking about 2014
26 September 2013 – Sauber driver Esteban Gutiérrez says that he is fully focussed on the present, claiming that it is more useful for him to concentrate on improving his current performances rather than worrying about arrangements for next season, and that he will learn his fate ‘soon enough’.
Gutiérrez has endured a difficult start to his Formula 1 career, and is yet to pick up his first World Championship point, recording a best result of 11th. However, a Q3 appearance in Singapore represented an important milestone, and despite dropping back behind team-mate Nico Hülkenburg during the race, the 22 year-old believes that he is now starting to get to grips with the steep learning curve in the top echelon.
"Lately I feel much more confident in the car,” he told Formula 1's official website. "It’s not easier, but I am more adapted to it. The communication with the engineers is very good, but still sometimes you are not fast enough - and that means you’ve been too conservative, and being conservative as a driver is never too positive.
"Singapore qualifying demonstrated that I have overcome my glitches there and overall I would say that my races have been quite strong lately, starting from Barcelona. Driving in the wet has also been pretty strong."
Turning to his future, the young Mexican admitted that he has chosen a career path with little job security, but is using that as motivation to try to find breakthroughs in pace; with his Singapore performance the result of increased experimentation.
"You can never feel comfortable in Formula One. You are never in the comfort zone," he explained. "I have learnt that if you are looking for job security you should probably look somewhere else.
"You constantly have to push yourself, learning new things, experimenting with new things and finding solutions to problems - which for me was qualifying. Obviously in Singapore I found a solution to this issue - at least for that track.
"Right now I am focused on the moment," he concluded. "Whatever happens in 2014 I will learn soon enough. Until then I want to take my own personal steps in becoming an even more experienced driver."
Aside from perennial backmarkers Caterham and Marussia, Gutiérrez and fellow rookie Valtteri Bottas are the only drivers on the grid yet to register a top ten finish in 2013.