Sauber’s sponsorship deal with Mexican telco giant Telmex is assured for at least 2013, despite the Swiss team losing the services of Sergio Perez to McLaren next season.
The Mexican driver joined the Hinwil-based team in 2011 on the back of the team’s commercial tie-in with Telmex, and had been felt by many to have been a key factor in the company’s heavy investment in the team.
Despite speculation that it could follow the McLaren-bound driver to his new home in the off-season, Sauber has stated that Telmex has since reaffirmed its commitment to the team.
“Telmex told us that they have a long-term project with Sauber, and this will not be affected by Sergio leaving the team,” Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn told the media today.
Sauber is yet to confirm the occupants of either of its race seats for the 2013 season, with Kamui Kobayashi needing to deliver some strong performances for the remainder of the season if he is to hold hopes of being re-signed on the back of this being his third year with the team.
The team does also have the possible services of Mexican younger Esteban Gutiérrez, who has served as the team’s reserve driver since 2011.