When pushed by journalists at the Mexican Grand Prix Thursday press conference, Haas F1’s Esteban Gutierrez admitted he is expecting to know his plans for 2017 within the next two weeks.
“That deadline should be in the next two weeks,” admitted a rather nervously calm Gutierrez. He believes his current team, Haas, “want to wait a few races,” which forced him to reveal he has “other options, which we are now considering strongly.”
Gutierrez is insistent with closing on a deal soon, also saying he doesn’t want to “risk to fall in between two chairs.” Because of this, he said: “it will be important to close something soon.”
There has been some speculation that Gutierrez won’t resign with Haas for 2017 because of an abysmal 2016 campaign. He is one of just 5 drivers who are yet to score points this season and he has also drawn criticism from fans for his ignorance of blue flags.
I personally think Gutierrez saying there are “other options” on the table, and that he is “strongly considering” them is the dead giveaway that Haas do not want him in 2017. They’ve taken longer than expected to make a decision and it is thought they may now want their own test driver and rising star, Charles LeClerc, to partner Romain Grosjean next year.
But you tell me, what do you think Gutierrez will do with his future – will Haas give him another year, or will his career be derailed?