Sauber 'best place in F1' for rookies

Sauber's 2011 pairing shows that the Swiss team is the best place for Formula One rookies.

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber F1 Team
Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber F1 Team

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That is the claim of team boss and owner Peter Sauber, who wrote in his latest column for Sonntagsblick that he is "absolutely" happy with drivers Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi.

"I am particularly pleased that once more it has paid off to work with young drivers," he said, after signing rookie Mexican Perez this year and giving the exciting Kobayashi his break in 2010 following Toyota's withdrawal from F1.

I am particularly pleased that once more it has paid off to work with young drivers

Peter Sauber

Sauber has also introduced names including Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, and even Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel, to the F1 racing grid.

"To go with a rookie is always a risk," said Sauber, "but it has worked for us again this time.

"It's not just about making the right choice, but just as much important to give them an environment where they can develop," he told the Swiss newspaper.

"I think that without exaggeration I can say that for a F1 rookie there is no better place than Sauber," he insisted.