Peter Sauber, Kamui Kobayashi, Sergio Perez, Sauber C30 launch, Valencia, 2011

Sauber retain Kobayashi and Perez for 2012

2012 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Peter Sauber, Kamui Kobayashi, Sergio Perez, Sauber C30 launch, Valencia, 2011
Peter Sauber, Kamui Kobayashi, Sergio Perez, Sauber C30 launch, Valencia, 2011

Sauber has confirmed Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez will remain with the team for 2012.

It will be Kobayashi’s third season with the team which he joined at the beginning of last year.

Peter Sauber said: “We are very pleased with our drivers.

“Kamui has grown into his role extremely well this year. Though it is only his second full Formula One season, he is already taking on the responsibilities that naturally fall to the more experienced driver in the team.

“We are delighted with him at both a sporting and a personal level. We had an option of working with him in 2012 and there was never any doubt that we would take it.

“Sergio has achieved more than one could expect from a rookie. From the very first race he proved that he is capable of driving not only fast but consistently as well.

“And after the accident in Monaco he demonstrated that he can handle difficult situations too. From the outset we had already signed a contract with Sergio that went beyond 2011. With a rookie that always entails a certain risk, of course, but clearly it has paid off.”

Kobayashi said he was “very proud” to remain with the team for another season.

“I want to thank Peter Sauber and Monisha Kaltenborn for putting their faith in me and the guys for all their work. In 2010 we had a very difficult season and some tough times. We managed to overcome this because we are a strong team.”

Perez said: “I want to thank Peter and Monisha that they trust me.

“Of course it is very good to have continuity and this way I can intensively prepare with my race engineer for what will be my second Formula 1 season. But for now I?m concentrating on finishing this season on a high. The summer break will be very good for me because since my accident in Monaco it has been a busy time.”

Esteban Gutierrez will continue as the team’s test and reserve driver.

See the full list of 2012 F1 drivers and teams

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81 comments on “Sauber retain Kobayashi and Perez for 2012”

  1. I really wanted to see Perez come to Ferrari, but they’ll both be with the big boys in a few years.

  2. Massa have no seat for ferrari next year look at his performes,so webber to ferrari or Rosberg and Di resta to mercedes there is a strong link with mercedes and diresta Michael has run out of gas his past the exparing date.

  3. Peres needs more miles under his belt to get a ferrari seat

    1. Perez correct spelling

  4. Personally I’d quite like to see Barrichello and Massa off the grid. An entirely biased opinion based purely on the fact that they don’t seem to be finding any joy in what they’re doing at the moment. They also seem to moan and complain an awful lot, which is strange because as an English teacher I’ve had loads of Brazilian students who are usually the friendliest and most upbeat people you could ever wish to meet.

  5. The New Pope
    28th July 2011, 19:04

    2013 will probably be a year of much change.

  6. Surely the most likeable team in f1. This is good news :)

  7. Kudos to Sauber for finding talent (back to the old days then) and keeping it, although with the top drives full, any move would’ve been sideways for the drivers. There’s also the possibility of Sauber coming up with a brilliant car out of nowhere. Don’t forget the BMW upgraded the facilities at Hinwil and James Key appears really talented.

    I can see Perez being given another season before Ferrari make a decision about him and Massa. I don’t know about Kobayashi. MacLaren is full, and Red Bull and Mercedes generally prefer their own. I reckon he’ll have to sit tight and hold out for a miracle.

    1. He is kobayashi he’ll find a seat maybe Williams new staff
      New engine manafactors renault it has potenal

  8. Quite a lot of hype for Kobayashi. Although I believe he is a solid driver I dont believe he is a Tier 1 driver yet. I remember seeing statistics comparing him with de la Rosa and even though the points revealed KOB as the better driver the qualifying and all practice results were very close with each driver in pretty much a stalemate. I know its the points that matter but I dismissed them since I didnt want reliability and accidents to skew the results too much. Just my opinion.

  9. Great news for both of them.

  10. Fantastic news. They couldn’t have justified anything else.

  11. Lucas - Mr. Veloce of Britalia - Yours With Wings
    3rd August 2011, 13:02

    This how I see 2012:-

    Red Bull-Renault – S.Vettel, L.Hamilton
    McLaren-Mercedes – ???, ???
    Ferrari – F.Alonso, J.Button
    Mercedes – N.Rosberg, N.Heidfeld
    Lotus Renault – V.Petrov, R.Grosjean
    Williams-Renault – R.Barrichello, P.Maldonado
    Force India-Mercedes – P.di Resta, N.Hulkenberg
    Sauber-Ferrari – K.Kobayashi, S.Perez
    Toro Rosso-Ferrari – J.Alguersuari, D.Ricciardo
    Team Lotus-Renault – H.Kovalainen, K.Chandhok
    Hispania-Cosworth – ???, ???
    Virgin-Cosworth – Timo Glock, ???

  12. Lucas Alexander Munro
    1st October 2011, 9:14

    This is how I see 2012:-

    Red Bull – S.Vettel, M.Webber
    McLaren – J.Button, L.Hamilton
    Ferrari – F.Alonso, F.Massa
    Mercedes – N.Rosberg, M.Schumacher (If Merc give Schuey the superior number again if Rosberg outscores him, I really am accusing Merc of favouritism)
    Force India – P.di Resta, N.Hulkenberg
    Lotus – R.Kubica, B.Senna/R.Grosjean/V.Petrov
    Sauber – K.Kobayashi, S.Perez
    Toro Rosso – J.Alguersuari, D.Ricciardo
    Williams – P.Maldonado, A.Sutil/K.Raikkonen/G.van der Garde/J.Bianchi
    Caterham AirAsia – J.Trulli, H.Kovalainen
    Marussia Virgin – T.Glock, J.D’Ambrosio/R.Wickens/M.Aleshin
    HRT – V.Liuzzi, ???

    1. If Merc give Schuey the superior number again if Rosberg outscores him

      It’s happened the last two years so don’t bet against it. Schumacher asked for it, Rosberg seems not to care and I wouldn’t read anything more into it than that.

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