January 9, 2017 / 5:36 PM / 9 months ago

Gutierrez to race in Formula E after F1 exit

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez will compete in his home Formula E electric race in April after losing his Formula One seat at the U.S-owned Haas team.

Any real hopes Gutierrez had of staying on the grand prix grid took a hit last week when the Manor team went into administration.

Formula E organizers, announcing the move at a Mexico City news conference with chief executive Alejandro Agag, said the 25-year-old former Ferrari reserve was also analyzing his options to race in their series in the 2017/18 season.

Gutierrez, who failed to score a point last year, has been replaced by Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen alongside Frenchman Romain Grosjean at Haas for the season that starts in Australia on March 26,

Formula E has attracted several ex-Formula One drivers and Gutierrez’s presence will be a boost for organizers of the Mexican race.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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