Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag believes that Esteban Gutierrez will join the Formula E grid for the 2017/2018 season, following confirmation that the Mexican will participate in a couple of races in season three.
Following the confirmation of Kevin Magnussen to the Haas team for the 2017 Formula One season, Estaban Gutierrez has been unable to secure a seat and has been looking into other race series.
Earlier in the week, it was announced at a media event in Mexico that Gutierrez would participate at the Mexico City ePrix and the New York ePrix towards the end of the current Formula E season. His role also extends to brand ambassador.
Despite the lack of experience in the all-electric championship, Agag is confident that Gutierrez will be a permanent driver for the 2017/2018 season, and that he will become a championship contender.
“This year Esteban is going to be on a learning curve in Formula E – he’s missed two races of the season already, so it’s not a season for him to try to win the championship, but a season to learn,” said Agag.
“He’ll race in Mexico and New York – we have a few clashes with other championships that will free up seats and for him to occupy those seats and to learn. And then after that in season four, I think he’ll have a proper race drive and will be one of the guys who is going to fight for the championship.”
“I think that’s great news for the championship. We’ve known Esteban for a long time – I was in GP2 when Esteban was there and obviously he’s a great driver.
“He’s a young driver and has a long career in front of him and is choosing to follow his career after Formula 1 in Formula E. At his age, I see a very bright future for him. I think it’s going to be great for the Mexico race to have a local star for the fans to cheer for.”
This season’s Formula E championship continues in Buenos Aires on the 18th February.