The Sauber team has confirmed it will call upon the services of McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa at this weekend’s European Grand Prix in the unlikely event that regular driver Sergio Pérez is still not well enough to race.
De la Rosa took over Pérez’s race seat at very short notice during the Canadian Grand Prix after the Mexican rookie complained of feeling unwell at the end of Friday’s first practice session. Pérez had suffered a heavy concussion and bruising after a qualifying accident at the Monaco Grand Prix less than two weeks before.
When asked about the team’s line-up for the European Grand Prix, Sauber managing director Monisha Kaltenborn told Tuttosport: “We see no reason why Sergio should not drive [at Valencia].
“By the time of the European grand prix he will have recovered, but if he has not then we will make use again of Pedro, because of his vast experience,” she added.
“Pedro did a very good job [for us]. In Montreal he got into our car, driving it without knowing it well.”
Kaltenborn also took the opportunity to heap praise on its other driver Kamui Kobayashi (pictured left), who has enjoyed a stellar sophomore season with the Swiss team with six consecutive points’ finishes.
After being plucked from the ashes of the defunct Toyota F1 programme at the end of 2009, the Japanese driver earned plenty of admiration for his aggressive driving style and for his ability to overtake rivals seemingly at will.
“Kamui, in his second year of formula one, is already a leader. His exciting style of driving is great for the team and for the fans as well,” she told Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo.