Kamui Kobayashi will drive a second season for Sauber in 2011, the team has announced.
But the team are yet to announce who his team mate will be. They may keep Pedro de la Rosa in the car but rumours have linked GP2 front runners Pastor Maldonado andSergio Perez to the seat.
Team principal Peter Sauber said:
We enjoy having our rookie as part of the team – both as a driver and a person. We never had any doubts about working with him again in 2011.
Kamui has definitely fulfilled our expectations in terms of his speed and fighting spirit. Plus, his work with the engineers and his technical understanding has also developed very well.
The experience he has built up over his first full season in Formula One will certainly stand him in good stead for 2011. And our aim is to give him a fast and reliable car from the outset next season.
Kobayashi, who has out-scored his more experienced team mate 21-6 so far this year, said:
We had a very difficult start to the season, but we’ve worked together to pull ourselves out of that situation. I feel very much at home in Peter Sauber’s team and am very pleased we’ll be working together again in 2011.
However, for now I’m focusing one hundred per cent on this year. There are still six Grand Prix weekends to go in 2010, and we’ll be hoping to make up more ground.
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