Mexican to drive for Sauber next year

Formula One team Sauber says it has promoted Esteban Gutierrez to be its second driver for the 2013 season.

The 21-year-old Mexican has worked with Sauber since 2009 and was its F1 test and reserve driver for the past two seasons.

Esteban Gutierrez. Credit: AFP

Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn says Gutierrez has “great talent. We mapped out his path to Formula One step by step.”

Gutierrez will drive alongside Nico Hulkenberg of Germany in a new lineup for the Switzerland-based team next season.

Sauber's current top driver Sergio Perez of Mexico is replacing Lewis Hamilton at McLaren, and Kamui Kobayashi of Japan is leaving the team. -Sapa-AP