Sauber have high expectations of Gutierrez

Race winner Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Lotus ART celebrates in parc ferme with Peter Sauber (SUI) Sauber Team Principal. GP2 Series, Rd 4, Race 2, Valencia, Spain, Sunday 26 June 2011.

Esteban Gutierrez with Peter Sauber

Peter Sauber has declared himself happy with the team’s new rookie driver Esteban Gutierrez, following the Mexican youngster’s performance in the first pre-season test at Jerez.

“Last year we were not entirely satisfied with his performance in GP2,” the Swiss team’s founder, co-owner and former boss told Motorsport Aktuell.

“Sometimes we were even disappointed, so we didn’t know exactly what we could expect from him,” added Sauber.

21-year-old Gutierrez, third in last year’s GP2 standings, has replaced the McLaren-bound Sergio Perez, ostensibly to keep major team backer Telmex happy.

So what is Sauber expecting from the youngster?

“I would prefer, of course, if he could go at Hulkenberg’s level right from the beginning,” said Peter Sauber.