Sauber now has to recuit two drivers

The Sauber’s team’s 2010 driver lineup may feature a veteran alongside an inexperienced youngster, according to team boss Peter Sauber.

In the wake of his resumption as owner and boss, and an official team entry being granted by the FIA, Sauber has now turned his attention to signing up sponsors and drivers.

A multitude of names would be on the team’s shopping list: BMW and two-time former Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld, Toyota’s former pairing of Jarno Trulli and Kamui Kobayashi, McLaren outcast Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa, Ferrari test driver Giancarlo Fisichella, BMW test driver Christian Klien, the ever-ambitious but never-hired Anthony Davidson.

"In the past weeks many drivers have asked about us, but we couldn’t really negotiate when we didn’t have an entry. Now it’s different," Sauber said in an interview with Germany’s SID news agency.

"I wouldn’t like to give any names, except to say that I assume we will have an experienced driver and a driver of the new generation. We have often had that mixture in the past and it worked well," he added.

Sauber also indicated that in the wake of BMW’s departure from F1, the German carmaker is still able to offer assistance.

"The people in charge at BMW have assured us of their support," he said. "For example we have a set of their contacts for sponsors who could also be relevant for us."

Given Herr Sauber’s long-standing relationship with Petronas, one assumes they will be a principal backer of his team.

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Richard Bailey

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