Mexican billionaire and Sauber sponsor Carlos Slim has all but announced Esteban Gutierrez as the team’s second driver for next season
With Sergio Perez on his way to McLaren, it came as welcome news when Sauber announced that Telmex, which is owned by Mexican billionaire Slim, would continue sponsoring the team.
That financial backing, though, comes with strings attached as the 72-year-old has made it clear that Sauber will promote their Mexican test driver Gutierrez.
“We are talking with Sauber for next season,” GMM quoted Slim as having told Mexican newspaper Reforma, “and we intend to continue together.
“Obviously that will be with the participation of a Mexican driver, which is Esteban Gutierrez.
“It would not be that the team gives him a practice event in Formula One if they have no long-term plan for him.
“And for us, we would not have our participation in Formula One without a Mexican driver, so I think it is quite sure that for the first time next year, we will have two Mexican drivers in Formula one for a full season.”
Should Slim’s prediction come true it would mean a completely new line-up for Sauber as the team has already confirmed Nico Hulkenberg for next season.