Former F1 driver Gutierrez set for WEC debut with Inter Europol Competition

Former Sauber and Haas Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutiérrez will make his World Endurance Championship debut with Inter Europol Competition.

The Mexican driver will take his first step into sportscar racing in their LMP2 campaign.

He has run various single-seater campaigns since his last F1 races in 2016 including Formula E and IndyCar with his last professional race outing in 2017.

Gutiérrez said: “I am pleased to join the Inter Europol Competition team for the FIA WEC 2022 season.

“A thank you to the team for the opportunity to have me race together with Kuba Smiechowski and Alex Brundle (his teammates).

“With the team’s progress and our combined ambition, I am confident we will make an excellent team.

“Endurance racing is a new challenge for me. I will focus on learning as much as possible and as soon as possible.

“It is an honour for me to return to racing in this competitive and prestigious series.”

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The former Mercedes-AMG F1 simulator and development driver will return to full-time racing in the #34 Oreca 07 Gibson for all six races this year.

Sascha Fassbender, Team Manager, added: “We are happy to welcome Esteban to the team. I am confident that this will be a strong year for the team.

“A thank you to Renger van de Zande who, with Alex and Kuba, worked hard last year to bring us to this level.

“With Esteban in the team, we have a strong line-up to achieve our ambitions. I look forward to working together to accomplish great things this season.”

The team will compete for the LMP2 Pro/Am title yet again in the WEC’s 10th season.

Gutierrez’s endurance pursuits will commence at the Sebring opener in March.