Esteban Gutierrez looks set to be confirmed shortly for the second Sauber seat after an apparent change of heart by the team management.
The team’s original three-year Mexican sponsorship deal ended this season, and while Gutierrez could offer continued support from his backers, it was understood that team principal Monisha Kaltenborn was not keen to continue the arrangement.
However, it seems that with Adrian Sutil signed up and other avenues having been explored, Gutierrez was back in favor. The confirmation of Sergio Perez at Force India also allowed Carlos Slim to focus his attention on securing a seat for Gutierrez.
Earlier this week, a source close to Gutierrez stated: “We are working hard on it.”