The nuclear lobby is powering Simona Silvestro’s push for a Sauber race seat in 2015.
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Telmex chief and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim could have a substantial influence on the final decision.
If Sauber’s biggest sponsor has its way, Esteban Gutierrez will next year line up on the grid alongside confirmed 2013 driver Nico Hulkenberg. Gutierrez’s fellow Mexican Sergio Perez, who is heading to McLaren, was until now the cream of Sauber backer Telmex’s F1 programme for the last two years.
The sound of F1 engines in Abu Dhabi will resume on Tuesday.
Barely a day after Kimi Raikkonen won Sunday’s thrilling grand prix at Yas Marina, the track will return to life on Tuesday when the final three day ‘young driver test’ begins. Six teams have already run their young driver days this year, so just Red Bull, McLaren, Lotus, Sauber, Toro Rosso and Caterham have stayed behind in Abu Dhabi for the session.
“You never lose your roots” – Monisha Kaltenborn
Monisha Kaltenborn is almost a week into her post as the first female team principal in Formula One. With a total of four podium places so far, the Sauber F1 Team has enjoyed a very successful 2012 season. The forthcoming Indian Grand Prix takes the new boss to her native country. There’s plenty to talk about.
Peter Sauber insists he is not worried about the future, despite intense speculation surrounding his Swiss team’s 2013 driver lineup.
The impressive Mexican Sergio Perez has been linked with moves to Ferrari or McLaren, while speculation suggests Kamui Kobayashi’s place could be in danger due to the well-funded Charles Pic’s solid debut for struggling Marussia.
Following his latest podium triumph, Peter Sauber has once again played down suggestions Sergio Perez could soon be bound for a top team.
After Mexican youngster Perez almost won March’s Malaysian grand prix, rumours began to swirl that Sauber’s engine supplier Ferrari could snap him up for the works team. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo recently played down that possibility at least in the short term, but Perez was back on the podium in Canada, adding fuel to the old rumours.
The Ferrari-powered C31 is the best car in Sauber’s long history, according to team founder, boss and majority owner Peter Sauber.
The Swiss team made its grand prix debut with Mercedes’ support in 1993 and even won a race during the recent era of BMW ownership. But the white and grey C31 is the best yet, Sauber said, after Sergio Perez returned to the podium in last weekend’s Canadian grand prix.
Rumours that a top English premier league football club is entering formula one as a sponsor have proved correct.
Ever since Sauber has been running teaser ‘Out of the blue’ and ‘True blue’ graphics on its engine cover livery in China and Bahrain, speculation about the identity of the forthcoming sponsor have been swirling in the F1 paddock.
After Sergio Perez’s surprise push for victory in Malaysia three weeks ago, things are looking bright on the Sauber balance-sheet.
The small Swiss team announced in Shanghai that it is continuing its deal to promote the North American country with colourful ‘Visit Mexico’ signage. “We can assume that our good results in the first two grands prix have contributed to the renewing of the agreement,” said team boss Peter Sauber.
Fernando Alonso’s win was a complete surprise, but the name of another team was on more paddock-dwellers’ lips after Malaysia — Sauber.
“Only one team could do consistently good laptimes on all the tyres and in all the conditions, and it was Sauber,” confirmed Martin Whitmarsh, whose McLaren team had travelled to Sepang with arguably the fastest car.
With the pecking-order still not entirely clear after two races, it could be set to change all over again in the near future.
That is the view of Peter Sauber, the Hinwil based team’s owner and boss who witnessed his Mexican driver Sergio Perez display almost race-winning form at Sepang recently with the impressive new C31 car.
Amid the European cold snap, Franz Tost admits he was worried Toro Rosso might be late for its own car launch.
The STR7 was unveiled on Monday in the Jerez pitlane, a day ahead of its testing debut. “When the trucks left Faenza on Saturday night I was worried we would not arrive in time,” La Gazzetta dello Sport quotes the relieved team boss as saying.
On time, as if for a race start, the brand new Sauber C31-Ferrari left the garage today in bright sunshine in Jerez.
At 13:45 hrs sharp Kamui Kobayashi went out on the Spanish track to put in the first laps with the 2012 contender for filming purposes. After today’s promotional day, it will also be Kamui who will start the test programme tomorrow before handing over to his team mate, Sergio Pérez. Sergio will be on duty on Wednesday and Thursday, on Friday the Japanese will be in the car again.
Unveiling & Roll-out
Today, Monday, the Sauber F1 Team launches its new car for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship. Drivers Kamui Kobayashi (25) and Sergio Pérez (22) unveil the Sauber C31-Ferrari at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain, where on Tuesday official Formula One pre-season testing will get underway. For filming purposes the C31 will cover its initial laps today.
Sauber on Monday joined the growing ‘stepped nose’ club by revealing its C31.