De la Rosa on standby to replace Perez

Pedro de la Rosa

Pedro de la Rosa

Jun.19 (GMM) Sauber has confirmed reports that Pedro de la Rosa will step in once again this weekend if Sergio Perez is not well enough to race at the European Grand Prix in Valencia.

Spanish veteran de la Rosa, despite being McLaren’s official reserve driver, took Perez’s place in Canada after the Mexican rookie felt ill after the first Friday practice session.

Perez flew from Montreal to Mexico straight afterwards to recover with well-known physio Josef Leberer.

“I feel perfectly well and I’m very much looking forward to racing in Valencia,” said Perez.

Team boss Peter Sauber last week defended his decision to call up De la Rosa in Canada rather than the Swiss team’s own official reserve driver, 19 year old, Esteban Gutierrez.

“Pedro did a very good job,” confirmed managing director Monisha Kaltenborn, according to Tuttosport. “In Montreal he got into our car, driving it without knowing it well.”

As for the forthcoming Valencia street race in a week, Kaltenborn continued: “We see no reason why Sergio should not drive. By the time of the European grand prix he will have recovered, but if he has not then we will make use again of Pedro, because of his vast experience.”