Esteban Gutiérrez will join the Techeetah Formula E team for the Mexico City ePrix and beyond, replacing Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua.
Having announced in January that the former Sauber and Haas F1 driver would join the series for his home event and ‘a number of select events’ across the balance of the season, Gutiérrez will line up alongside Jean-Éric Vergne.
Ma (pictured below) – who has failed to score a points’ finish in seven Formula E starts to-date – will step back to the third driver role with the team.
Speaking at the announcement, Gutiérrez was pleased to be joining Techeetah and finally begin the next stage of his career.
“I’m very grateful to join TECHEETAH, a team with real competitiveness,” he said. “After four years of an incredible experience in F1, I’m now taking a step forward into the future of motorsports. I am especially excited about my debut race at the Julius Baer Mexico City ePrix. Hopefully I can put on a good show for the passionate home fans.”
A new team for the 2016/17 Formula E season, Techeetah have impressed in their three events to date, with Vergne scoring the first podium for the Renault customer team in last month’s Buenos Aires ePrix.
For Techeetah Managing Director Ivan Yim, the addition of Gutiérrez is an exciting next step for the growing team.
“We are delighted to welcome Esteban to TECHEETAH. We will have Esteban as prepared as possible for his home race,” he added.
“With the passionate Mexican fans awaiting us in the stadium section, the TECHEETAH team is highly motivated with its new driver line-up. Jean-Éric Vergne has proven with his pace to be a real contender this season. This is a challenging series for drivers with its compressed one-day format, but with stability in the team, we’re ready to take this next step to further build the TECHEETAH team in its first season.”
Gutiérrez’s debut event – the 2017 Mexico City ePrix – will take place at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez on Saturday April 1.
Images via FIA Formula E Championship and XPB Images