F1 » de la Rosa to be ditched for well-heeled GP2 graduate?

Sauber veteran Pedro de la Rosa could become the first casualty of F1 2010, it is being rumoured, with growing paddock whispers that the Spaniard is to be replaced by either Luca Filippi or Pastor Maldonado

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April 26, 2010 3:44 PM

Struggling to acclimatise after 3 years out of F1? Sounds familiar. But where Mercedes are rejigging their car to suit Schumacher, Sauber are allegedly looking to ditch poor Pedro. Makes a mockery of Peter Sauber's driver selection doesn't it? He could/should haev signed Heidfeld, instead we are looking at GP2 also rans, who let's be honest won't do any better. Even Kobayashi is struggling, but they are not about to replace him. I wonder if Pedro had a performance-related clause in his contract?


April 26, 2010 4:12 PM

Basically, the car blows, both in terms of speed and reliability and they have almost no sponsors at all...They even treaded into the murky waters of testing on a low fuel load in winter testing to attract some sponsors, this for a team like Sauber that has always been renowned for their Swiss conservative reliabilty.

I don't know why they ever signed Pedro since there wouldn't be talks of letting him go if he brought a whole lot of moulah with him, but they did...Now to replace him with a random GP2 driver with a lot of cash doesn't bode well for the teams future viability.

Ransom-Note - Unregistered

April 26, 2010 4:44 PM

Luca Filippi must be the biggest failure of GP2 given the miles he has done in GP2. What is Sauber thinking of appart from the money..

And where does Fillippi find that sort of money,???

This could be the start of the end for F1 as we know it or Knew it..

j - Unregistered

April 26, 2010 5:32 PM

Should have persuaded Heidfeld to stay. When i heard that De La Rosa was given a drive I was shocked as he was never that good.

Poor Sauber having to take a pay driver to make ends meet. What is F1 becoming when a team like Sauber who have been around for years in one form or another have to resort to taking pay drivers to make ends meet??

doug - Unregistered

April 26, 2010 5:48 PM

DLR is the same situation Ferrari had with Badoer...

both are very good at testing, they can bang out relatively consistent laps for extended durations... but that's no help unless you have another person out there pushing you to go faster - like you would in a race.


April 26, 2010 9:34 PM

rob, nice one. isnt it interesting that sauber were the first to come up with an f duct?
d l r was never going to set the world on fire. filippi wold be a beter option. and whereas, i dont like pay drivers, sauber has been struggling to keep his team together, and is to be given credit for this, and if it means having to bring in a pay driver, then so be it. but i do agree that heidfeld or klien would have been better in the first place. maybe they priced themselves out of a drive.

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