Perez UFO contact expensive for Sauber

(L to R): Joseph Lieberer (SUI) Sauber Physio with Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber. Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Shanghai, China, Friday 15 April 2011.

Sergio Perez in Shanghai

Apr.15 (GMM) In freight costs alone, Sauber spent EUR 30,000 to send a new chassis to China for Sergio Perez after his was damaged during the race at Sepang.

The move followed the destruction of the Mexican rookie’s car in Malaysia, when an unidentified piece of heavy debris punched a hole in the Ferrari powered Sauber C30.

It was initially believed that a loose piece of ballast from a Toro Rosso caused the damage, but the Italian team denied the charge, moving Charlie Whiting to write a letter to all the teams asking them if a piece of their car was missing after the Sepang event.

“Until now he has received no answer,” Sauber team manager Beat Zehnder told Auto Motor und Sport. “It could have been a drain cover.”