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Esteban Gutierrez is keen to extend his stay with Sauber, despite the team’s struggles in the 2014 campaign.
Following a debut season that saw one points finish and only two retirements, Gutierrez had been hoping to build this term as Sauber aim to consolidate the middle ground in Formula One.

However, under the sport’s new regulations the Swiss team have struggled for consistency – with neither the Mexican nor team-mate Adrian Sutil able to collect a world championship point after the opening 11 races.

Gutierrez has only finished six of those, and was forced off the track again at the Hungarian Grand Prix last time weekend after his car’s Engine Recovery System (KERS) failed.

But despite consistent reliability problems, the 22-year-old is hoping to extend his stay with the team, and is looking to begin contract talks soon.

“That’s something [the contract] we need to speak [about] in the next few weeks,” he told Sky Sports F1.

“Obviously it’s a subject that we’ll bring up pretty soon and something that we also need to look after certain opportunities that we can get around and see what’s really the most convenient one.

“It’s been a difficult position [this season], although we have very good people.

“They have been working really hard and one of the most important things is the attitude from the people.

“That is really counting a lot. It’s true that we have been struggling a lot from the beginning, we are worse than our expectations, and this is not easy to control the frustration and to keep the motivation is very hard.

“It’s a challenge, I love challenges and I need to enjoy this process as well.” (sportal)

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