Gutiérrez: I want to be Sauber team leader
26 January 2014 – Esteban Gutiérrez says he wants to become Sauber's team leader during his second Formula 1 season.
The Mexican, 22, experienced a mixed start to his career in the top echelon, but secured a breakthrough result of seventh at the Japanese Grand Prix and ultimately convinced the Hinwil-based outfit to extend his contract.
Discussing the new campaign, Gutiérrez explained: "I want to achieve being a leader for the team. It's my second year as a race driver in Formula 1, with experience and generally a lot of new things coming up.
"I think that my involvement with the team is very important, so we can meet our expectations. As a driver, I want to take the next step. I think my approach can be much different to last season. I'm really in full fighting mode.
"We analysed everything that happened in my rookie season to take that in a powerful way into this season."
Gutiérrez is also confident that he will be able to take a step forward in terms of strategy this season, a crucial element with the new 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 power units and the strict 100kg fuel limit per race.
"As a driver, you have to get involved in the strategy and in a very specific way," he added. "In my rookie season I found myself a little bit confused at the beginning, but through the season I got very well into a rhythm.
"During my second season, I think I can be more efficient and more involved, to put more of my input from a drivers' point of view to make things work properly together with the team."
Also on Sunday:
- Sauber reveals new C33 Formula 1 car
- Kaltenborn: No targets until after testing
- Sutil: 2014 the best time to switch teams