Perez’s positive test for COVID-19 prompted his Racing Point team to fight for a last-minute replacement.
With Stoffel Vandoorne ruled out by a Formula E entry, he seemed to have resigned himself to a direct fight between former Sauber teammates Hulkenberg and Gutierrez.
In the end, Racing Point boss Otmar Szafnauer opted for the German’s more recent experience, with Hulkenberg having raced until the end of last season with Renault while Gutierrez is not on the F1 grid since 2016.
But despite the snub, Gutierrez, 28, sent his best wishes to all concerned, including the two drivers with Perez, his compatriot Mexican, in the hope of being back at the Spanish Grand Prix on the 16th. August if he still has to fend for himself. -isolate for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix next weekend at Silverstone.
In a series of tweets, translated from Spanish, Gutierrez said: “First of all, I want to wish you the next recovery to my compatriot and friend @SChecoPerez, as well as to all those who find themselves in a situation. similar.
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“I would have liked to go running this weekend. I am always ready, focused and available to my team to compete.
“I so appreciate all the messages of support I have received. Today I was on the track with @ MercedesAMGF1 following the practices and the way I am still engaged in the responsibilities with my team.
“I wish @HulkHulkenberg and @ RacingPointF1 a very successful weekend! Enjoy the Grand Prix a lot from home!
The reference to Mercedes reflected that Gutierrez is now a simulation and development driver for the world champions, as well as a reserve driver for the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E team.
He spent three seasons as a Formula 1 competitor, 2013 and 2014 with Sauber and 2016 for Haas. His only score was 7th place for Sauber at the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix, the year he and Hulkenberg were teammates.
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