Gutierrez plays down link to Carlos Slim

Carlos Slims son and namesake is directly involved in the handling of Perez's career.

Feb.26 (GMM) Esteban Gutierrez has denied he was given the news about his F1 debut this year straight from the mouth of Carlos Slim.

21-year-old Mexican Gutierrez is replacing Sauber's McLaren-bound Sergio Perez, presumably to keep the Swiss team's main backer Telmex happy.

Sergio Perez, McLaren signs autographs for the fans
Sergio Perez, McLaren signs autographs for the fans

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Telmex is the Mexican company headed by billionaire Carlos Slim, whose son and namesake is directly involved in the handling of Perez's career.

But it's a slightly different situation for Gutierrez.

Asked if Slim told him he would be stepping up from the reserve role after three years to finally race for Sauber in 2013, Gutierrez said: "No. I have had a contract for four years with Sauber.

"My deal is with them," he insisted to Spain's El Confidential.

"Obviously, the relationship with Carlos is very close because they are my sponsors, but unlike Checo (Perez) they have not been my managers.

"We have always worked with them as a sponsor, and they have been very supportive, but I have my relationship with Sauber and a programme that has been developed over time with them," added Gutierrez.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Sergio Perez , Esteban Gutierrez
Teams Sauber , McLaren
Article type Breaking news
Tags gutierrez, mclaren, perez, sauber, slim