Sunday, January 3, 2010

De la Rosa to be Sauber racer in 2010


Pedro de la Rosa is expected to be Kamui Kobayashi's teammate at Sauber in 2010, according to Blick. The Swiss daily newspaper, with close ties to the Peter Sauber-led team, said the news is likely to be confirmed soon barring "an earthquake in Hinwil".

Spaniard de la Rosa, to turn 39 next month, last raced full-time in 2002 with Jaguar. He already lives in Zurich, which is only a short drive from Sauber's team base. He has since been McLaren's main test and reserve driver, and the El Mundo newspaper said recently the British team had given him until the last day of 2009 to decide his F1 role for 2010.

The Swiss weekly NZZ am Sonntag on Sunday quoted Peter Sauber as admitting only that "an experienced man" with "new knowledge for the team" has been signed to partner Kobayashi in 2010. He also all but confirmed that Nick Heidfeld is not the driver in question.

However, as mentioned last week amongst false reports based on a Twitter feed, Pedro de la Rosa was still in the running despite the reporting and that if de la Rosa's name was being mentioned, Heidfeld's chance to remain with Sauber were very slim. It appears Heidfeld will be looking for a job.

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