Gutiérrez set to begin Sauber contract talks
30 July 2014 – Esteban Gutiérrez says he plans to open contract extension talks with Sauber in the coming weeks.
Gutiérrez, a former GP3 Champion, is contesting his second season for the Swiss outfit, which has struggled for performance and reliability at the start of the sport's new turbocharged era amid ongoing financial difficulties.
But with the backing of telecommunications company Telmex and the prospect of a Mexican Grand Prix returning for the 2015 campaign, Gutiérrez is hopeful that he will be able to extend his stay for at least another term.
"That's something we need to speak [about] in the next few weeks. It's a subject that we'll bring up pretty soon," Gutiérrez, who has scored one points finish from 30 outings with Sauber, explained to Sky Sports.
Gutiérrez added that he is hoping to learn as much as he can from Sauber's struggle to benefit his future.
"It's really been very challenging because I'm only 22 years old, it's only [my] second year in Formula 1 and, in your second year when it's critical, you really want to be in the position to show what you can do. At the moment I'm not really in that position," he said. "It's a challenge, I love challenges and I need to enjoy this process."
At the recent Hungarian Grand Prix, Gutiérrez's team-mate, Adrian Sutil, was forced to deny rumours that he is under immediate threat from reserve driver Giedo van der Garde, who is also pushing for a 2015 race seat.