Fourth place for Esteban Gutierrez at Hockenheim Hockenheim, Germany -- After having started the first race of the weekend from 10th on the grid, ART Grand Prix's driver Esteban Gutierrez managed to do a remarkable start by moving up four places...
Fourth place for Esteban Gutierrez at Hockenheim
Hockenheim, Germany -- After having started the first race of the weekend from 10th on the grid, ART Grand Prix's driver Esteban Gutierrez managed to do a remarkable start by moving up four places during the first lap, and then earning two more during the 17 lap race to eventually cross the checkered flag in fourth place to add five well deserved points to his drivers' championship tally.
The 30 drivers who took the green light today lived an eventful race with several yellow flags and two Safety Car periods caused by several contacts, from which, fortunately, no driver was hurt.
Gutierrez was calm and happy with what he and the team achieved on the ninth race of the season, as they have given him a car in great shape for this weekend at the prestigious 4.574km length German track.
With this result, Esteban has 57 points and still leads the drivers' championship, 25 points ahead of Canadian driver Robert Wickens, at Status GP, who has now 32 points.
The Mexican driver also helped his team with five points for the teams championship, placing the talented French team ART Grand Prix at the top of the series with 84 points, widening the gap between them and the other nine teams that take part in the competitive European series.
Car #2 ART Grand Prix
"This has been a very competitive race in which we managed to gain many places; it was a very interesting race. The result is very positive considering we added up good points and that we have a great grid position for tomorrow's race as well, with God's help, earn even more points for the championship. We are very happy with the performance of the car since this was the first session with a dry track, but we know that with the data we gathered today we can improve the car for tomorrow's race".
"We will continue trying to take smart steps to compensate our qualifying result. The most important thing is to keep a positive mindset, knowing that we can't win them all. We will do our best effort to close the weekend on a positive note".
Gutierrez will start the second race of the weekend, starting at 9:25 AM, local time, from fifth on the grid, expecting to have a good start and reach a podium finish.