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Sergio Perez drives for Sauber in Formula 1 in 2011

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Sergio Perez drives for Sauber in 2011
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S ergio Perez completes next to the already confirmed Kamui Kobayashi the driver pairing from Sauber for the 2011 Formula 1 season. This means that Nick Heidfeld's comeback with the Swiss is over after only five races. The decision shouldn't have been difficult for team owner Peter Sauber. Sergio Perez comes with a new major sponsor. With the millions of the Mexican mobile operator Telmex, the racing team should be financially secure for years to come.

However, financial reasons were not the only decisive factor behind the deal: 'Sergio has improved steadily over the past few years This season in the GP2 the races were very combative and proved that he is ready for the step into Formula 1, 'said Peter Sauber, explaining the 20 year old's commitment. 'I am looking forward to working with them and I am convinced that we will have a powerful driver pairing with Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi in the coming year.'

Sergio Perez wants to seize the opportunity

Sergio Perez himself is already looking forward to working with Sauber: 'Formula 1 is the dream of every young racing driver. And this dream is now coming true for me. It is clear to me that this is a great challenge and responsibility. I will take it and I am proud to represent my country in the highest racing category. I would like to thank Peter Sauber for his trust in me. I will do everything I can to take advantage of this great opportunity. '

Parallel to the signing of Sergio Perez, Sauber also announced the partnership with the new major sponsor Telmex. The Mexican mobile operator belongs to the empire of Carlos Slim, who is classified by Forbes as the richest man in the world with a private fortune of around 55 billion dollars. The third Sauber driver is also a Mexican. Two weeks ago, the Hinwil team had nominated GP3 champion Esteban Guitiérrez as test and reserve driver.

Sergio Perez with successes in GP2

Sergio Perez is considered to be Mexico greatest racing driver hope since the times of Pedro Rodriguez. The 20-year-old from Guadalajara is driving his second GP2 season this year. Up until the races in Monza, Perez even had title chances, which then vanished after two failures. Before the final in Abu Dhabi, his competitor Pastor Maldonado is the masteralready fixed.

Sergio Perez was able to confirm the advance praise after his debut season in 2009, in which he was twelfth overall with two podiums this year. The currently runner-up in the GP2 series won four races, including the main run in Monte Carlo. Perez drives for the Barwa Addax team and is supported by telecommunications giant Telmex. A sponsor that several Formula 1 team bosses had an eye on. Peter Sauber too.

Telmex secures the future of Sauber

One suspected that behind Peter Sauber's serenity there was the certainty that his racing team was safe for 2011. Head of Technology James Key had already put the main focus of development on the 2011 car in August. The significant increase in shape since the European GP made Sauber attractive again among drivers. What was missing was a donor for the future.

For a year, the cars from Hinwil were lined up in virgin white. The Burger King logo adorned the white paintwork in three races, and the rear wing has been reserved for the energy drink Mad Croc since the Belgian GP. The really big sponsor was missing for Sauber.

Perez and Gutiérrez 2011 for Sauber

As a result, sales rumors were already rampant in the scene. It's no secret that ART boss Nicolas Todt was interested in the Swiss racing team. But since the Perez deal, one thing is certain: clean stays clean. With Telmex, the Swiss racing team owner has one of the most sought-after sponsors at hand.

Telmex is part of the Carlos Slim company chain, which also owns a large number of Mexican banks, insurance companies, investment houses, department stores and mining companies. His son Carlos Slim Domit coordinates all motorsport activities as managing director of Telmex. So far, they have been limited to the junior formulas GP2 and GP3. With Perez and Gutiérrez, Slim has two drivers in the stable who could put Mexico back on the motorsport map 40 years after the death of Pedro Rodriguez.

'Sauber is not only a successful racing team, but also a strong one Supporter of some of the most famous names in Formula 1, and he is also one of the most respected people in this sport, 'said Carlos Slim, commenting on his sponsorship engagement with the Swiss racing team. 'The decision by Sauber Motorsport to sign Sergio as a driver is very important on his way to becoming a top driver who represents Mexico. For Telmex and our racing project Escuderia Telmex it is a big step forward, and we are proud of it that the work we have done over the past few years will now be rewarded by having a Mexican driver in Formula 1. '


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