18 Aug 17
There were hints at the potential of what Esteban Gutierrez could have achieved during his short spell in Formula E with the TECHEETAH team.
The ex-Sauber and Haas Formula 1 driver was handed a debut in the all-electric racing series for his home race, taking the place of Ma Qing Hua at TECHEETAH. And Gutierrez delivered something on his debut that the Chinese racer had failed to do in the previous three – a point!
That 10th place was augmented by four more points next time out in Monaco, where he drove a strong race to rise from 13th on the grid to take eighth place. Gutierrez continued his upward trajectory into Paris, where he was fifth fastest in the qualifying group stages, booking himself a maiden Super Pole appearance in the process.
A mistake in the one-lap shoot-out meant he qualified fifth, although he started fourth after Oliver Turvey picked up a penalty, and for the first time in its short history TECHEETAH had two cars at the sharp end in qualifying.
He dropped a position to the fast-starting Nick Heidfeld on the opening lap, and another one to the charging Felix Rosenqvist later on in the opening stint. Despite losing further places to Robin Frijns, Nico Prost and Daniel Abt, he was still on for some more points when he was penalised for speeding under the safety car. The ensuing penalty dropped him out of the top 10 and he would not be seen in the championship again.