Esteban Gutierrez made a surprising admission at last year's Brazilian Grand Prix when he faced the press for the first time since being confirmed as a Sauber driver.
Far from the usual bluster of someone stepping up to Formula 1, he declared frankly that "it doesn't make sense to say I am 100 per cent ready; it is difficult to say or judge right now how ready I am."
Inevitably, this grabbed the headlines. But while the Mexican later back-pedalled, what he said was entirely correct. There's no shame in it, for the combination of the testing limits and the complexity of a 21st-century grand prix car makes it incredibly difficult for any rookie legitimately to describe himself as ready.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.