F1 » Ferrari test role harmed Fisichella chances, admits Sauber

Sauber team owner Peter Sauber has explained just what it was that earned Pedro de la Rosa the second seat alongside Kamui Kobayashi at Hinwil in F1 2010 over rivals Giancarlo Fisichella and Nick Heidfeld...

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January 28, 2010 11:24 AM

Hmmmmm. Not sure I understand his reasoning for not taking Fisi or Heidfeld. If you want a good experienced driver to partner Koba and have two available, why go for an also-ran who hasn't raced in F1 for so long? de la Rosa must have had far more money with him than we all thought. Good luck to him though, especially with Koba as his team mate. He could well be trailing in Koba's dust if he doesn't get back in the groove ASAP.

alex - Unregistered

January 28, 2010 12:07 PM

De La ROsa has had several chances to shine, but always fails, despite the considerable promise shown in lower classes. It would be nice to see him do well, but it is IMO unlikely.

So, now we have 2 Spanish pay drivers in roles they would not otherwise have, thanks to the Spanish bank, Santander.

Along with the 3 new joke teams Moseley rushed in to try and undermine the FOTA teams, we have a bizarre season, what appears to be a Vintage season in store, with huge excitement about the competition between some great drivers, and yet, also some real muppets out there that I can see spoiling what should be great racing.


January 28, 2010 1:49 PM

Feeble attempt to conjure up some excuse reasons...'I wanted something new...' might be a good enough excuse to buy a different brand of cell phone but as a business decision it doesn't really fly, especially if the alternative isn't all that new at all. A conservative man like Peter Sauber would never make a decision based on that, but of course we know the real reason.

As for muppets being employed as drivers in F1 this year, till now I think it's ok. I think the worst decisions/drivers confirmed till now are De La Rosa, Kova and Algy, but they aren't completely useless, just too slow for F1. Better drivers were available, but well, that's F1 2010 apparently.

rerew - Unregistered

January 28, 2010 1:50 PM

I thought banks were supposed to be in dire straights, in these times of economical and financial crisis. As it seems, those friendly chaps at Santander must be swimming in money, they've managed to buy out not only Ferrari but also Sauber.


Alan D - Unregistered

January 28, 2010 3:04 PM

Renew on Santander: "I thought banks were supposed to be in dire straights"

Have you considered that maybe it is because Santander has been working hard building its profile using things like sponsorship and advertising in F1 that it is financially strong. So many fans seem to think F1 sponsorship is about having a lot of money and splurging it all on a big team like there's no tomorrow. Quite the opposite. Before Santander ever considered sponsoring F1 they'll have said "We've got some money. How can we use it to make even more money?"


January 28, 2010 3:24 PM

Well done Mr Sauber for not letting Ferrari turn you into their version of Tori Rosso, only with old drivers instead of young ones.

Yes, Santander are doing extremely well, as are Nationwide and any other bank that didn't bull**** itself into a corner. Alliance, Bradford & Abbey customers, welcome to the sensible party.

Kobakazi - Unregistered

January 28, 2010 11:59 PM

At least De La Rosas Santander money will pay for Kamuis banzai attempts at honing his craft.(I'm a big Koba fan by the way,I just think he might get through a few carbon fibre and rubber add ons this year!)

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