Esteban Gutierrez confirms he will not drive for Haas next season


Esteban Gutierrez has confirmed he will not be driving for Haas for the 2017 Formula One season.

The Mexican's impending departure from the American team paves the way for Kevin Magnussen's expected switch from Renault. The Dane is reported to have signed a deal to race with Haas from next season.

There has been speculation on Gutierrez's future at Haas. He has so far failed to register a point on his return to F1, while teammate Romain Grosjean -- who is expected to remain at Haas -- has managed to record 29 points.

Ahead of any team announcement, Gutierrez confirmed on social media he will not be part of the Haas setup in 2017.

"I want to share with you that I will no longer be with Haas F1 Team for the next season," Gutierrez said. "I want to thank all the team and staff, especially Gene Haas for this opportunity to work with them. I wish them all the best.

"There are two races left, which I intend to enjoy to the fullest and as always, I'll give my best. Special thanks to all my fans and supporters, you will always have a place in my heart. I hope to shortly share my plans for the future."

If Magnussen's proposed move to Haas goes through, it will mean only seats at Manor and Gutierrez's former team Sauber remain to be filled for next season.