Indian GP: Perez stand-in Gutierrez thrilled with F1 practice debut

Esteban Gutierrez was delighted to have made his debut on a grand prix weekend after replacing Sergio Perez in opening practice in India

Indian GP: Perez stand-in Gutierrez thrilled with F1 practice debut

The Mexican, who had never driven this year's Sauber on a circuit, took to the wheel of the C31 in the morning session as Perez was unwell.

Perez returned to action in second practice.

Gutierrez completed 29 laps on his way to the 20th quickest time of the session, some 1.4 seconds off team-mate Kamui Kobayashi's time.

The 21-year-old said he really enjoyed the experience.

"It was a great experience to step in for Sergio this morning," said Gutierrez. "For me it was the first time I have been at the wheel of the C31, as I have only done straightline testing so far. Also I didn't know the track before, which made it an even more interesting session.

"Today I really enjoyed seeing from the inside of the cockpit what I had only seen from the outside.

"It was also very interesting to be part of an official Formula 1 event for the first time. It is obviously different to testing and it is challenging to stay focused.

"I think the circuit here is amazing, especially with the chain of fast corners. However, my target was to progress during that session and make sure I brought the car home in one piece."

Gutierrez added that he now felt capable of stepping in at short notice in the future if required.

"Now Sergio will be taking over again but, in case anything should happen, I feel ready to get into the car again," he said.

shares
comments
Indian GP: Marussia Friday quotes

Previous article

Indian GP: Marussia Friday quotes

Next article

Indian GP: Pirelli Friday quotes

Indian GP: Pirelli Friday quotes
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Esteban Gutierrez , Sergio Perez
Author Pablo Elizalde
What Ferrari must do to reach the peak in F1 again Plus

What Ferrari must do to reach the peak in F1 again

Former Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren engineer Rodi Basso on what he’s learned about successful teams, and what the famous Italian squad needs to do to get back on top in Formula 1

The defining traits that set F1’s best apart Plus

The defining traits that set F1’s best apart

What makes the very best drivers in Formula 1 stand out among what is already a highly elite bunch? ANDREW BENSON takes a closer look at those with the special blend of skill, judgment, feel 
and attitude that sets only a select 
few apart from the rest.

Formula 1
Mar 7, 2021
How an unlikely F1 outsider gained acceptance Plus

How an unlikely F1 outsider gained acceptance

Channel 4's decision to pick Steve Jones as presenter of its Formula 1 coverage in 2016 raised eyebrows, and his presenting style grated with many fans at first. But, says BEN EDWARDS, Jones has developed into a presenter ripe for modern F1's direction

Formula 1
Mar 6, 2021
The updates Williams hopes will lead to a points-scoring return Plus

The updates Williams hopes will lead to a points-scoring return

After producing a car which demonstrated progress but lacked the points to prove it last year, Williams starts its new era of team ownership with the FW43B, its bid to continue the climb up the Formula 1 grid in 2021

Formula 1
Mar 5, 2021
How Ferrari plans to recover from its 2020 F1 nightmare Plus

How Ferrari plans to recover from its 2020 F1 nightmare

The 2020 Formula 1 season was Ferrari's worst for 40 years as it slumped to sixth in the standings. A repeat performance will not be acceptable for the proud Italian team, which has adopted a notably pragmatic approach to forging its path back to the top

Formula 1
Mar 4, 2021
Why Aston Martin’s arrival is more than just new green livery Plus

Why Aston Martin’s arrival is more than just new green livery

In the most eagerly anticipated Formula 1 team launch of the season, the rebranded Aston Martin squad’s changes go much further than the striking paint job. But rather than a restart, the team hopes to build on top of solid foundations.

Formula 1
Mar 3, 2021
The car Aston Martin begins its new F1 journey with Plus

The car Aston Martin begins its new F1 journey with

The team formerly known as Racing Point gambled successfully on a Mercedes look-alike in 2020 as it mounted a strong challenge for third in the constructors' race and won the Sakhir GP. Now clothed in British racing green, Aston Martin's first Formula 1 challenger since 1960 provides the clearest indicator yet of what to expect from the new-for-2021 regulations

Formula 1
Mar 3, 2021
The driver problems facing Mercedes in 2021 Plus

The driver problems facing Mercedes in 2021

Ahead of the new Formula 1 season, reigning world champions Mercedes will take on challenges both old and new. This also can be said for its driver conundrum which could become key to sustaining its ongoing success

Formula 1
Mar 2, 2021