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Kovalainen, Sutil for Sauber, say Surer

Heikki Kovalainen and Adrian Sutil could be ideal candidates to step into the Sauber line-up in 2013, according to Swiss pundit Marc Surer.
F1 driver-turned-commentator Marc Surer has suggested that Sauber might benefit from changing its driver line-up for 2013, and put forward a couple of candidates to replace either Sergio Perez or Kamui Kobayashi.

While Perez is unlikely to move on unless selected to replace Felipe Massa at Ferrari - a switch that appears to be on hold while the Scuderia allows its protégé to gain more F1 experience at Hinwil - Kobayashi's results have led Surer to question his value to the Swiss squad. Although the Japanese driver only trails his Mexican team-mate by a place and 14 points, Perez has twice taken the C31 to two podium finishes and enjoys the benefit of being a part of Ferrari's development academy as he progresses through only his second season in the top flight.

"Perez can be excused because he is relatively new," Surer told Motorsport-Total.com, "I like Kobayashi, but the man has too many variations. He is a great racer, but he has to bring great changes [to reflect] his experience."

Should Sauber decide to call time on its two-year relationship with Kobayashi, who it snapped up on the basis of a couple of stellar outings as substitute for the injured Timo Glock at Toyota in 2009, Surer has a couple of names in mind as potential replacements.

"[Heikki] Kovalainen has recognised that [this is] his last chance," he noted, "[He] is in an intermediate team to start over, and is currently producing a season that is sensational, as his team-mate is far away from him. Now he needs to be in a top team - he has rebooted and is now ripe for a major role.

"And we must not forget Adrian Sutil. Adrian is a safe bet, as he has proved in recent years and over again. Compared to others who have come back [from time away], he is still hot, and that is very important."

The article also puts forward Bruno Senna as a potential candidate who could bring backing to the team - an area in which he would have an advantage over both Kobayashi and Kovalainen - as well as Perez' fellow Mexican Esteban Gutierrez, the current Sauber reserve who could help attract greater support from telecoms billionaire Carlos Slim.



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Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team and Sergio Perez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team  - Sauber C31 Ferrari Launch
23.06.2012- Free Practice 3, Jaime Alguersuari (SPA) and Adrian Sutil (GER)
27.05.2012- Race, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01 and Sergio Pérez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C31
20.07.2012 - Free Practice 1, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), CEO and Team Principal, Sauber F1 Team
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham F1 Team CT-04

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marco - Unregistered

August 08, 2012 2:53 PM

if F1 let kobayashi go, we will lose one of the bravest and entertaining driver, I have never seen such a brave driver like him since senna's death, put him in the top car and imagine when he fights wheel to wheel with hamilton, f1 needs that entertainment

Astall_on_F1 - Unregistered

August 08, 2012 2:04 PM

Kovalainen is a possibility, Sutil would be ludicrous given his GBH conviction. Neither driver would achieve results that will be any better than Kobayashi or Perez have done so far in this season characterised by inconsistency from nearly all midfield teams.



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