Gutiérrez 'too confident' over Haas seat
16 February 2017 – Esteban Gutiérrez has admitted to being "too confident" that he would retain a seat at Haas for the upcoming Formula 1 season, before Kevin Magnussen replaced him.
Gutiérrez made his Formula 1 debut with Sauber, contesting the 2013/14 seasons, and returned to the grid in 2016 after spending a year as a test/reserve driver at Ferrari.
As the campaign wore on, Gutiérrez repeatedly stated that he had a race seat for 2017, but Haas opted to sign Magnussen from Renault as Romain Grosjean's team-mate.
Gutiérrez has now switched his focus to Formula E, with outings planned in Mexico City and New York, and says he "doesn't blame anybody" for losing his place in Formula 1.
"I was too confident of it and that was my mistake, to be too confident that things were taken care of," he said about remaining with Haas in 2017, in an interview with CNN.
"I was focusing on the results [throughout the season] and being confident that the project was going to continue forward in the way it was initially spoken of or planned.
"In the end, I realised the commitment from the other side wasn't there and by the time I realised the timing wasn't great, but I don't really blame them – I don't blame anybody."
Gutiérrez refused to give up on returning to F1 again in the future.
"I never close doors. Never, never. I really love Formula 1," he said.
"I always want to see a way that I can grow, that there is commitment both from the team and from the driver and, let's say, a path [where] I can really make steps forward.
"I got to the point in F1 where I didn't have that in the short term."