Drivers

Esteban Guerrieri

FIVE FACTS

In good company: Moving to Europe in 2002 following success in karting and Formula Renault in his native Argentina, Guerrieri once raced Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel in Formula 3. He was also a rapid performer in Formula 3000, World Series by Renault and Indy Lights before budget constraints hit.

Opportunity knocks: With opportunities to continue racing without a roof over his head limited, a switch to Argentine Súper 2000 via the Turismo Carretera series provided salvation in 2013.

One-off wonder: Following domestic success, Guerrieri made his WTCC debut with a one-off appearance at home in 2016 and set the fastest lap of all during the Termas de Río Hondo weekend. That set plans in motion to race in the WTCC full time in 2017.

Dream start: Guerrieri began WTCC 2017 with victory on the Marrakech streets for the privateer Campos team and triumphed again at Ningbo before he was recruited by the factory Honda team to replace the injured Tiago Monteiro for the final three events of the season. He didn’t disappoint, winning the Qatar finale from pole.

Did you know? “When I was five I asked my mother to jump in a go-kart and when I was seven I asked her to change me to a bilingual school because Ayrton Senna said that to be a professional driver you need to know how to manage a computer and how to speak English. Most days when I was 12 or 13, I woke up and would say to my mother I go to school now but when I am asked to race in Europe you let me go. And she said I will let you go but now you have to go to school. I already said that before it happened so when it happened she had to let me go! In fact, I finished my secondary school in 2016. I left the school when I was 15 and I had two years to do and I went back and did it. I like tennis but in the future I would like to study marketing or public relations.”