Esteban Gutierrez has revealed the extent of his struggle for form this year as a Formula 1 rookie, which impacted not only him but his family in Mexico too.
The 22-year-old Mexican has struggled for much of 2013, but an improved Sauber and boosted confidence led to his maiden points – 6 of them – at Suzuka last weekend.
His chances of staying at the Swiss team for a second season have therefore been radically boosted.
“Coming up in Formula 1 is not easy, you have to go step by step,” Gutierrez told French magazine Auto Hebdo.
“I made some mistakes early in the season, like all rookies, but then it was a matter of putting in place all the pieces of the puzzle.
“The team knows how hard I’ve worked, and am still working, to get everything in place to grow as a grand prix driver, and to grow with the team.”
A major piece of the puzzle, Gutierrez revealed, was adjusting to his new fame.
“Many things changed for me,” he said. “We have a big family in Mexico, and the life of each member, not only mine, was affected radically, and in a really fast way.”
“Inevitably, this has created tensions. This is not something I’ve ever mentioned or shown in the media, but it was unavoidable – and it has an impact,” added Gutierrez.
Looking beyond 2013, he admits that his future is essentially “not in my hands”. (GMM)
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