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Sauber in no rush to name ’13 pairing

Peter Sauber says he won't rush to decide on his line-up for F1 2013 after Sergio Perez's departure
Peter Sauber has said he wishes Sergio Perez all the best in his move to McLaren, and insists he won't be rushed into a decision over who will replace the Mexican in 2013.

Perez will replace Lewis Hamilton at McLaren after the Brit elected to switch to Mercedes for the new season, with Perez inking a multi-year deal to partner Jenson Button.

It means Sauber has a vacancy in its driver line-up for the new campaign, although Kamui Kobayashi is also out of contract at the end of 2012 and had yet to sign a deal for next year.

Following his departure from Mercedes, Michael Schumacher is being mentioned as one option for Sauber, but the team boss said there was no rush to decide who will drive for his team next year.

"Sergio has been given the opportunity to drive for McLaren, one of the most successful teams in the history of Formula One," he said. "We wish him all the best for this move.

"Before he leaves, there are still six races to come in which we will give Sergio our utmost support with the aim of gaining as many points as possible.

“As to our drivers for 2013, we will announce them in due course."


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vernon - Unregistered

September 29, 2012 2:36 PM

Monaco is a performance leveller and a track where all the greats have shown their skills, Schumacher being one of them.It is evident that whilst the Brawn/ Ferrari partnership work for Schumacher, the Brawn/ Mercedes setup has beenbelow par in all respects. Both Rosberg and Schumacher have been let down. Give Scumacher a competitive car where tyres are not the overriding factor andhe will prosper again.

JJ - Unregistered

September 29, 2012 4:22 PM

IMHO, it will be sad if Koba loses his seat. He reminds me of the drivers of the past days, just going for it and try to get the job done, no off track drama. Now that lulu and Perez have made the market moves, Sauber seems to have his pick of the bunch as to who is left. I really doubt MS would go to Sauber unless he just really wanted to keep driving. Sad way for the 7x champ to go, forced retirement or regulated to another mid-field team. Senna...not sure his standing with Williams, but I think he is out of contract end of season. I think he could thrive at Sauber. But I think it's slim as Sauber has a tendency to pick young upcoming talent. Esteban Guti...I feel he will get the seat. He has the sponsors Sauber needs, been with the team and he is a young prospect. Falls into Sauber's driving pattern selection. Kova - I don't think he'll get it. Older driver, no sponsors. Doesn't offer anything Koba doesn't already bring IMHO



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