While Sauber hopes Sergio Perez will return to his C30 this weekend, the Swiss team has revealed it is more than happy with the occupant of the sister cockpit.
Sauber plucked Japanese Kamui Kobayashi from the ashes of Toyota's F1 withdrawal at the end of 2009, following some exciting early performances for the then rookie.
He has carried over his daring style to Sauber and now has a secure place at the team, managing director Monisha Kaltenborn told Brazil's O Estado de S.Paulo.
"We are very happy," she said.
"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," added Kaltenborn.