A naturally gifted driver, Spain's Cristina Gutiérrez made history in 2021 when she became only the second woman ever to win a Dakar Rally stage.
Passionate about motorsport from a young age, Cristina Gutiérrez has carved out a hugely successful career in the world of off-road racing. Regularly excelling in the Dakar Rally, her first taste of competition came in 2011 when she took part in the All-Terrain Spanish Rally Championships. Despite it being her first high-profile race, the Spaniard would finish top of the female category.
Cristina continued to dominate the Championships for the next five years, finishing top of her category on each occasion, while in 2015 she secured second-place overall in the mixed-gender category.
After six consecutive wins on home soil, Cristina decided to explore the world of Rally Raid, competing in the 2016 edition of the Sealine Cross-Country Rally in Qatar. Showcasing her natural talent, she would claim victory in the women’s category, a result that convinced the Spanish driver she was ready to test her skills in the famed Dakar Rally.
In 2017, Cristina made her Dakar debut and became the first woman from Spain to ever finish the off-road classic in a car. She would replicate this feat the following year before achieving her best result in 2019, securing 26th place overall.
2020 would see Cristina yet again finish the Dakar, while one year later she would carve her name into the record books when she became just the second woman ever to achieve a stage victory in the legendary rally.
Following this impressive performance, Cristina chose to embark on a new adventure, joining the first edition of Extreme E – an FIA-sanctioned international off-road racing series that uses spec electric SUVs. Racing for Lewis Hamilton's Team X44, alongside the legendary Sébastien Loeb, the duo finished third in the first race of the series, the 2021 Desert X-Prix in Saudi Arabia.
Cristina followed this up with another hugely impressive display, claiming the overall victory in the T3 class at Rally Andalucia to hand the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team their first-ever rally win.