Esteban Gutiérrez is joining the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team as Reserve and Development Driver with immediate effect for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
“I’m very much looking forward to continuing my journey with the Mercedes family by joining Formula E as a Reserve and Development Driver.
“I would like to thank the team for giving me the chance to join them as they embark on this new and exciting chapter”, said Esteban.
The Mexican driver had his first outing at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 during testing in Mallorca in early August. Over the course of the season, he will assist the team’s two Race Drivers, Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries, and Reserve and Development Driver, Gary Paffett, to develop the new car further.
Esteban has already raced in Formula E as he participated in three E-Prix during the 2016/17 season – in Mexico City, Monaco and Paris. He also contested 59 Formula One Grands Prix for Sauber and Haas from 2013 through to 2016.
“We will face a lot of challenges in our first season in Formula E, so I’m really pleased we’ve been able to acquire the services of Esteban, another experienced driver.
“He did an excellent job during testing in Majorca, fitting in perfectly with the team. He has a lot of experience to offer from racing in a number of different series – Formula 1, Formula E and Indycar – and has also gained a lot of know-how in the simulator about how to develop and setup a car”, said Team Principal, Ian James.