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Esteban Gutierrez’s Racing Career: Highlights Throughout The Years

After beginning his professional racing career at 16 years old, Gutiérrez has built an impressive catalog of accolades that includes earning the Formula BMW Rookie of the Year Honors in 2007, becoming the youngest Mexican driver to win an International Championship when he won the Formula BMW Europe title in 2008 at age 17, and achieving a seventh place finish at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Since making his Formula One debut in 2013 with Sauber, Esteban enjoyed a year-long stint as a test and reserve driver for Scuderia Ferrari, which led to him earning a seat at Haas in 2016. His efforts at the Mexican Grand Prix in 2016 were a season highlight.

In 2019, Gutiérrez transitioned his career from racing professionally at the Formula One level to joining Mercedes as a development driver. Working for one of the most prestigious and recognizable brands in the world inspired Gutiérrez to pursue his own business opportunities. He realized that there was no formal distributor of F1 merchandise in Latin America, so he founded EDASI, an online Formula One retail platform, in 2019 to fill that void.

Today, Gutiérrez’s primary focus is now on building EDASI to become a global platform for motorsports while also racing six times a year, representing Mercedes in Formula One and the Inter Europol Competition team in the World Endurance Championship. He is also currently a Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Brand & Business Ambassador.




2004

Karting

In 2004, Esteban started karting at the age of 13, participating in multiple categories, such as the Rotax Max Challenge.




2007

Formula BMW

Esteban left Mexico in 2007 to make his first incursion into single-seater racing debut with Team Autotecnica in Formula BMW USA, becoming the Rookie of the Year after finishing second overall with four victories and eight podiums. His performance in the USA helped to propel him into the European Championship for the following season.




2008

Formula BMW Europe

In 2008, Esteban claimed the Formula BMW Europe title by 26 points with the Josef Kauffman Racing team at the age of 17. He clinched seven wins, six of which were scored consecutively. Esteban rounded out his Formula BMW career with third place in the 2008 World Finals in Mexico City.




2009

Formula 3 Euro Series

One year later, Esteban made the leap to the Formula 3 Euro Series with the champion team ART Grand Prix, where he finished ninth with two podium finishes. Here, Esteban also became a teammate of Frenchman Jules Bianchi in addition to his former teammate at Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas. Esteban finished ninth with two podium finishes.




2009

Test F1 BMW Sauber

After winning the European BMW Championship, Esteban earned his spot in F1. His first test was with the BMW Sauber team in December 2009. That same year he was also invited to test in the GP2 Series.




2010

GP3 Series

In 2010, Esteban wrapped up the inaugural Championship of the GP3 Series with two rounds to spare. During this time, Esteban also became a test and reserve driver for Sauber F1.




2010

Test Driver at Sauber

At just 19 years old, Esteban was appointed as a test driver for the Sauber Formula One team. At the end of 2010, he was signed by the ART Grand Prix team, leading Esteban to join the GP2 Series.




2011-2012

GP2 Series

As 2010 came to a close, Esteban was signed by the ART Grand Prix team to compete in the GP2 Series. He finished 13th in 2011 with one victory and two podiums. One year later, Esteban clinched three victories and seven podiums, paving the way for a third place finish overall.




2013-2014

Sauber F1 Team

Esteban continued to climb the ladder of success in the motorsports world, becoming the official driver of the Sauber F1 team in 2013 at the age of 22. Esteban made his debut at the Australian Grand Prix, and his first Top 10 occurred at the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, with Esteban crossing the finish line in seventh place.




2015

Scuderia Ferrari

Esteban decided to seek other opportunities to tap into his potential with a platform that would allow him to fight for podiums. In 2015, Esteban joined Scuderia Ferrari as a test & reserve driver.




2016

Haas F1 Team

Being part of a prestigious team like Ferrari helped Esteban attract new career opportunities in F1. In 2016, Esteban earned a seat at Haas, joining teammate Romain Grosjean at the American F1 team.




2017

Formula E & IndyCar

Esteban received an invitation from Formula E to participate with the Techeetah team in the Mexico City ePrix. Inspired by the opportunity to represent his country, Esteban agreed to compete in this race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez. He participated in two more races in the series (Monaco and Paris), and placed in the Top 10 twice. During the middle of 2017, The Dale Coyne Racing team tried recruiting Esteban to join IndyCar.




2018

Mercedes

Although multiple series offered Esteban the opportunity to compete, his ultimate goal was to find his way back in a F1 seat with a team that could help him fight for podiums and victories. Opportunity came knocking with Mercedes, who invited Esteban to join the team in 2018 to support them in their simulator program.




2019-2020

Mercedes Brand + Business Ambassador

Esteban continued to add value to and promote the Mercedes F1 team as a brand and business ambassador. He participated in the World’s Greatest Celebration of Motorsport & Car Culture, “Goodwood Festival of Speed”

While fulfilling his duties as an ambassador, Esteban remained focused on his own business ventures in Mexico and overseas.




2020

Edasi

With races being postponed and canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gutiérrez represented Mercedes in several high-profile sporting events in 2020. In the same year, Esteban also founded his F1 merchandise brand, "EDASI", bringing Latin American and U.S.-based motorsports fans closer to the teams they love as an official distributor of F1 merchandise.




2022

Inter Europol Competition – LMP2 category

Gutiérrez participated in the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship in the LMP2 category as a driver for Inter Europol Competition, making his grand debut at the 1,000 miles of Sebring, Florida.

Throughout the season, Esteban and his team managed to score points at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where they placed eighth, and at Monza, where they placed fourth.