F1 » Sauber in no rush to name 2013 line-up

Sauber will not rush to appoint Esteban Gutierrez as replacement for Sergio Perez, despite having Mexican sponsors to appease.

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LJ - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 7:17 AM

I just wish Kobayashi would have 1 weekend with no issues. Could this be the weekend?

I just keep thinking, one podium will be enough to secure him for next year. Ahh, who am I kidding, Grosjean is starting next to him.. He'll probably wipe the top 5 out before turn one.

Bharath - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 9:17 AM

I think Romain has learned from his mistake, and there should not be any mishap in lap1.
I think this is the week for KK, infront of his home fans, I hope he will stick atleast to his starting position..that will finish him on the podium..If checo have some luck, Sauber will close the gap to Mercedes tomorrow :)

Dave - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 12:14 PM

It's at least one year too early for Gutierrez, as it was really for Charles Pic this year.

The solution is simple: sign Kobayashi and Kovalainen. Such a driver pairing will hold Sauber in very good stead.

Klein on F1 - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 1:22 PM

This weekend is surely Kobayashi's final chance to prove he deserves to be retained. He has suffered some unfortunate luck on some occasions, but then again he's usually been nowhere to be seen in the races where Perez has excelled. I think some driver continuity would help Sauber, and it would be a shame to see no Japanese drivers on the grid next year. Telmex have confirmed they're continuing their backing so I suspect that means Gutierrez will be promoted. If Kobayashi goes, then Alguersauri would probably be the best replacement as he has a few years of racing under his belt as well as some valuable Pirelli testing experience. Pic's also a possibility if Gutierrez is deemed to need another year in GP2, which I think would do him no harm - he's a still a bit rough around the edges.

Amigo - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 8:12 PM

Kobayashi is very fast and brilliant driver but he does not have best car on grid. His car was always problems in race day. Also unfortunately he was involved in accident but not his fault.
I believe he wasn't getting equal resource for his car at Sauber. If he has equal resource for his car and then he can win the race.
Kobayashi wasn't recognized by motor sport Medias and Formula One community as he should deserve because of he was Asian driver. If he was Italian or Spanish or German driver and then he will be signed by top team. I really believe Kobayashi is better driver than Perez. He is mature driver than Perez.
Thanks to Peter Saber for singing and giving chance to Kobayashi.

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