Shortly before his debut in the FIG FIA formula E championship, the Mercedes-Benz EQ formula E Team has announced another new arrival: Esteban Gutierrez joined the Team as a replacement – and development driver.
Debut in the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 in August
Already at the beginning of August Esteban gave test rides on Mallorca will be his debut at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01. In the course of the season he will support the two use driver Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries, as well as the replacement and development driver Gary Paffett in the development of the new car.
“I am very much looking forward to my role in the Mercedes-Benz family as a substitute – and development driver of formula E continue“ so Esteban. “I would like to thank the Team for giving me the opportunity to start together with him in this new and exciting Chapter.“
The formula E is for Esteban, this is not new territory. Apart from his Test with the Team in Mallorca, he went in for the 2016-17 season already for three E-Prix in Mexico city, Monaco and Paris to the Start. Between 2013 and 2016, Esteban graduated from in addition, 59 formula 1 Grands Prix for Sauber and Haas.
Also in the Mercedes-Benz Motorsport family, he is no stranger: in the year 2018, supported Esteban Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport as part of the Simulator program, since 2019, he acts as a Simulator – and development driver for a team that has recently won for the sixth Time in a row the world championship Double.
Debut season in 2019
“In our debut season in formula E a lot of challenges await us. The more I am pleased that we were able to win with Esteban, another experienced pilot for our Team, “ said team boss Ian James. “Esteban has done the test driving in Mallorca is very good work and perfect in our team inserted. He brings a lot of experience from its operations in various racing series such as formula 1, formula E and Indycar series, but has also a lot of Know-how on the development and coordination of the cars in the Simulator. We are convinced that he will support us in his role as a substitute – and development driver, together with Gary in the upcoming tasks in our premiere season is very good.“
In exactly one week, the Mercedes-Benz EQ formula E Team at the season opener in Diriyah is in its debut race in the electric racing series. Then find the 22. 23. November, the first two E-Prix of the season 2019/20 in the 2,494-km-long line in Saudi Arabia.
Source: Daimler AG