Updated: Saturday, 21 December 2013 18:40 | By Agence France-Presse

Esteban Gutierrez to stay with Sauber F1 team in 2014

Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez will remain with the Sauber Formula One team for the 2014 season as teammate to German Adrian Sutil, it was announced on Saturday.

Esteban Gutierrez to stay with Sauber F1 team in 2014

Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico talks to journalists ahead of the Formula One Japan Grand Prix in Suzuka on October 10, 2013

Gutierrez was the best rookie driver in the 2013 championship, finishing 16th on the 22-man grid, with the highlight of his season a seventh-placed finish at the Japanese Grand Prix.

"It was a steep learning curve last season, but by working closely with the team I was able to improve continuously," Gutierrez said in a statement released by Sauber.

"It will be my fourth year with the team, the second as a racing driver, and I feel comfortable in taking the next step."

Gutierrez will be one of two Mexican drivers on the grid in 2014 alongside former Sauber driver Sergio Perez, who will drive for Force India.

A Mexican Grand Prix had been included on the provisional calendar for 2014 but was recently dropped.

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