F1 » Magnanimous Heidfeld 'congratulates' Sauber on Pérez deal


Recent F1 returnee Nick Heidfeld has revealed that it wasn't 'a big surprise' to discover that he would be replaced in 2011 by Telmex-backed GP2 Series graduate Sergio Pérez - insisting the signing is 'great news' for Sauber's future in the sport

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OZF1Fan - Unregistered

October 08, 2010 2:28 PM

Because of Nick's F1 experience and knowleage on the new Pirelli tyres, I beleive that him and mexican young ace Perez would make a lot better duo than Kobayashi-Perez.

JACKBEE

October 08, 2010 3:22 PM

Trouble is NH promised plenty but never really delivered, whereas Koba seems to have more pure racer about him, and considering the car's a bit of a dog he has done remarkably well.

jc - Unregistered

October 08, 2010 7:10 PM

@JACKBEE

You can't judge Nick on his ability to drive the Sauber yet since it is only his second race. And yes Kamui does have raw pace however he spent the 1st few races of the season losing front wings/ ending up on the gravel. I think by the end of the season Nick will be giving Kamui a run for his money if not beating him. Remember this is a guy that beat Kimi, Massa, Webber and too an extent Kubica!

I understand Saubers reason for signing Perez however the reason he brought Nick on was because Kamui and PDLR could not set the car up right. Next season he is going to have 1 rookie and 1 driver who is still relatively inexperienced, so he is going to hit the same problem again.

He should have let Kamui go to Renault and had Nick and Perez in the car next season. That way he would have got the Telmex money plus Nick could guide Sergio

rob01

October 08, 2010 7:22 PM

The engineers set up the car. NOT the driver. The driver provides feedback. That's all. The driver can tell the team the car has understeer etc. From that point on it's in the engineers hands. Tired of hearing all these great set up drivers.

Starish

October 08, 2010 8:29 PM

Amen Rob, crash people seem to think the drivers tell the engineer how much toe they want etc... they tell the engineer what they feel and how the engineer interprets that is revealed by the results.

Mark _

October 08, 2010 9:50 PM

I think that you guys are over simplifying it. As I recall when JV started at Williams he was having them make changes specific to one corner of the car. Prior to that the engineers would make the same changes to the left and right sides. Maybe that was a result of JV's oval experience in the US in which each wheel is treated differently. In any case surely some drivers are better than others at giving meaningful feedback.

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