Sauber sign Gutierrez

Mexican Esteban Gutierrez will race with Swiss-based Sauber for a second season next year with Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin signed as test driver, the Formula One team announced on Saturday.

Gutierrez will partner experienced German driver Adrian Sutil, who has moved from Force India to replace Nico Hulkenberg in a direct switch with his compatriot.

The driver announcement left only back-markers Caterham and Marussia with race seats remaining for 2014 while Britain’s  Paul Di Resta is out of a job after losing his place at Force India.

“It was a steep learning curve last season, but by working closely with the team I was able to improve continuously,” said Gutierrez, 22, who ended the year as the highest-scoring rookie with six points after a difficult start.

“It will be my fourth year with the team, the second as a racing driver.”

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