Gutiérrez: Most painful error of my career
26 May 2014 – Esteban Gutiérrez has said his late spin in the Monaco Grand Prix is probably the 'most painful error of his career'.
Gutiérrez looked set to end Sauber's 2014 Formula 1 points' drought and score for only the second time in the sport, until he touched the barriers on lap 60 on the entry to Rascasse and was forced out.
The Mexican was bitterly disappointed and was quick to apologise to his team.
"I touched the guardrail in Rascasse on the entry to the corner and spun, that was the end of the race," he explained.
"We had a great chance to earn some points. The start was great, as I was able to gain some positions during the first few laps which gave me a good basis for our race strategy. During the race I needed to take care of the tyres, but we also had to push because we had quick cars coming from behind. It is very disappointing.
"I really want to say sorry to everyone in the team because they all did a great job today."
"It is probably the most painful mistake in my career," he added.
Team-mate Adrian Sutil meanwhile also failed to get to the end after he crashed coming out of the tunnel on lap 24.