Sauber announce Sergio Perez as 2011 driver

Sauber have announced that Mexican rookie Sergio Perez will partner Kamui Kobayashi next season.

The 20-year old finished second in this year’s GP2 series, winning four races in the process.

“Formula One is the dream of every young racing driver, and now this dream is about to come true for me,” says Perez. “Although I'm very much aware that this is also a big challenge and responsibility, I'm happy to accept that and am proud to be representing my country in the highest category of motor racing. I would like to thank Peter Sauber for the faith he's shown in me and I'll do everything I can to make the most of this wonderful opportunity.”

Team principal Peter Sauber says that Perez has impressed him in junior series, and believes that he has a competitive line-up for 2011. “Sergio has been on a continuous upward curve over the past few years,” he explains. “He demonstrated his fighting spirit in races over the course of last season and proved that he's ready to take the step up into Formula One. I look forward to working with him and am in no doubt that, in Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi, we will have a strong driver pairing.”

Perez began his career in Karting, winning five championships. Two years in Formula BMW followed, before moving on to the National Class of the British F3 International Series, where he won a record 14 races. In GP2 Asia he became the series youngest race winner at age 18.

In a related move, Sauber have also announced a partnership with Mexican telecommunications company Telmex. Their logo will be on the car from next season.

  • Matt

    Interesting. My one question – Will Kobayashi have enough experience to lead and push forward any development work in 2011 alongside Perez?

    Its a gamble – but how much of the signing of Sergio is down to a nice Mexican cheque?

  • All about the money – I’ll bet you all the money in the world we’ll have a nice big Telmex logo somewhere prominent.

    Never been convinced by Perez, not that great in British F3, not in a great GP2 field this year.

  • Yeah no doubt the Telmex deal secured the drive

  • Worth bearing in mind that Kobayashi was pretty poor in GP2. I thought Perez did quite well in British F3 – took on the might of Carlin in 2008 with the small T-Sport squad and was beating them midseason if I remember.

  • Matt

    I have a feeling you are right Peter – double win at Monza I believe.

    Kobayashi looked average in GP2 yet won GP2 Asia and Sergio turned out to be Pastor Maldonado’s main challenger – so has something going for him. What, I do not know?