Esteban Manuel Gutiérrez Gutiérrez is a Mexican racing driver. He drives currently for the Sauber Formula One team, partnering Nico Hülkenberg.
In 2008, he won the Formula BMW Europe championship title, becoming the youngest Mexican driver to win an International Championship at 17 years old. He also won the inaugural GP3 season in 2010. He became the first GP3 graduate to finish in the top three of the GP2 parent series in 2012, with the Lotus GPteam.
Gutiérrez first tested a BMW Sauber Formula One car in December 2009 as part of his prize for winning the Formula BMW Europe championship.
Despite the team losing its BMW backing for 2010, he joined it as an observer for some race weekends and has been placed on the same training programme as race drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi. Later in the season, he was officially named as the team's test and reserve driver on 10 September.
On 16 November 2010 he took part in the young drivers test in Abu Dhabi setting the 4th fastest time of the day, just over six tenths of a second off the qualifying time set by Kamui Kobayashi.
On 28 July 2011, it was announced that Gutiérrez would remain as Sauber's reserve driver into the 2012 season.
Gutiérrez again took part for the team at the young drivers test in Abu Dhabi on 19 November, this time setting 5th fastest lap on Thursday and 7th fastest overall, which was just over one second down on fellow Mexican Sergio Pérez's fastest time in qualifying.
On 23 November 2012, it was announced that Gutiérrez would remain with Sauber, but was to be promoted to the race team alongside Nico Hülkenberg, who would be joining the team from Force India