Esteban Gutiérrez cleared to drive in Toronto
Esteban Gutierrez was the second driver to reach F1 thanks to the backing of Escuderia Telmex, an initiative set up by the telecommunications company to promote local driving talent.
Gutierrez took the place of Sergio Perez at Sauber for the 2013 season following Perez’s promotion to McLaren.
On his way to Formula One Gutierrez achieved the unusual feat of winning two F1-supporting championships in their inaugural years: Formula BMW Europe in 2008 and GP3 in 2010.
Born: 5th August 1991
Birthplace: Monterrey, Mexico
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Gutiérrez crashed heavily during Saturday’s qualifying session and was diagnosed as having suffered concussion-like symptoms.
The Mexican rookie was initially not cleared to drive, and required a second medical evaluation on Sunday morning, ahead of the race.
Gutiérrez was assessed by the championship’s Medical Director Dr. Michael Olinger and has now duly been passed fit to race.
Gutiérrez, filling in for the injured Sébastien Bourdais, is set to start from the rear of the 21-car field.
Penske’s Simon Pagenaud will lead the field away at the green flag after going quickest in qualifying.
Bourdais has been cleared by IndyCar to begin testing on August 1.