The word from Italy is that Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez could shortly be named as the Ferrari third driver. This makes a great deal of sense. The Italian team had a variety of drivers working for its F1 operations in recent years, while also keeping a contractual arrangement with Jules Bianchi. if the Frenchman had not been serious hurt in the accident in Suzuka, he was going to be named a Sauber driver for 2015 (the Swiss team being Ferrari’s primary engine customer). As a result of the accident Sauber had to have a change of plans and take on pay-drivers, thus creating a problem with Dutchman Giedo Van der Garde, who is believed to be taking action against Sauber at the moment as a result of what happened. The other Ferrari drivers were Pedro de la Rosa, Marc Gene and Davide Rigon. In Maranello, however, Bianchi was always seen as the third driver. After the accident Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello began appearing at races but it was clear that he did not have sufficient F1 experience to be a replacement for Bianchi. He will continue to race in GP2 in 2015 and will then probably be helped into F1 by the Italian team. In the interim, a young driver with some experience was required and we hear that Gutierrez is going to be that man, with his support from Mexico likely to be seen somewhere on the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen next year. Gutierrez has had two seasons of F1 experience and is still only 23 year of age. His best result was a seventh place in 2013 but this year was very disappointing, although he has argued that the car rather hid his ability. That is probably true. He had better results in GP2 than did Bianchi. His inclusion in the Italian squad would also, no doubt, help to draw attention to the Ferrari marque. It should perhaps be noted that in 2013, prior to being put in charge of the F1 team, Ferrari North America CEO Marco Mattiacci said that “Mexico is the next China” in relation to the sale of luxury cars. Thus, having a Mexican Ferrari driver would be a very solid idea.