Esteban Gutierrez will race with the Lotus ART team again during the 2012 GP2 season, it was announced on Tuesday. The Mexican finished in 13th position in the 2011 season with the team, scoring one win and two podiums during his rookie campaign.
Gutierrez, who is Sauber's reserve driver in Formula 1, had also raced with ART in Formula 3 and GP3 during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
"I'm happy to have our plans sorted for next season this early as it will give us a good amount of time to keep on going with our preparations for next year, with a good rhythm," said Gutierrez. "I feel very grateful to all the people in the team for their work and integrity which has been a key for acquiring the right experience as a driver.
"This has been an important decision for next season and we are looking forward to making the most of the opportunity to perform in a very competitive way. I would like to thank all the other teams that expressed interest in having me on their team, I'm sure we will have great competition together keeping our good relationship."
Team boss Frederic Vasseur added: "Esteban's involvement in the team's plans is rewarding on the sporting and human level and I am sincerely delighted that we will be able to continue the adventure together.
"I think that we still have some great chapters to write together and I hope that the combined know-how of Lotus ART and Esteban will result in a synergy that both parties will be able to take advantage of in 2012, which will be a pivotal year."