(AGI) Maranello, Dec 15 - As of next season, Mexico's EstebanGutierrez will become Ferrari's new test and reserve driver,according to a statement from the company. Guttierrez has beenat Sauber for two years, working with the new generationFormula 1 cars. "While confirming our full confidence in aformidable race driver pairing, made up of four times WorldChampion Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, a past championwith Ferrari, I am pleased to welcome Esteban Gutierrez,"commented the Scuderia's Director General and Team Principal,Maurizio Arrivabene. "We are pleased to be able to offer thisopportunity to Esteban who, although young, has plenty ofexperience relating to the new generation of Formula 1 cars. Iam sure that, with his experience, he will make an importantcontribution to the development work of the team in thesimulator. Welcoming Esteban also means opening the gates ofFerrari to a driver from Mexico, a country where the Scuderiastill has a lot of fans, just as was the case 50 years ago inthe days of the Rodriguez brothers." Esteban had this to say:"It is for me the beginning of a new path for my future and I'mgoing to do my utmost to contribute to the achievement of thetargets set by the Scuderia. I want to thank everybody fortheir belief in my potential; this will bring a greatopportunity for me to develop further and get to the top in thenear future. With all my passion and dedication, I'm nowlooking forward to the start of this new venture." . .