Kovalainen and Alguersuari eye 2013 Sauber seat

Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso. Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Preparations, Monza, Italy, Thursday 8 September 2011.Jul.18 (GMM) Jaime Alguersuari and  Heikki Kovalainen have emerged as possible candidates to move to Sauber next year, with rumours indicating that one of the two could replace Japanese Kamui Kobayashi in 2013.

Finland’s Turun Sanomat claims that Peter Sauber regards Kovalainen, who is on the market after three seasons with the 2010 startup Caterham, as a potential Sauber driver.

The 30-year-old driver is quoted as having previously said: “Personally, my goal is to return to the top positions, but I don’t know where. I haven’t talked to anyone.

“It is clear that I want at least to be in the points battle again.

“I feel comfortable with this team [Caterham], I have established my position, and I think what we have built is in the right direction.

“If the momentum is enough, it makes no sense to throw away all the work. But I am no longer a boy,” he insisted.

Another candidate is Spaniard Alguersuari, the former Toro Rosso driver who this year is testing tyres for Pirelli.

“Next year I will be racing again, 100 per cent,” he is quoted by EFE news agency.

Marca newspaper also quotes Alguersuari as saying: “There are a lot of possibilities and offers.

“I am sure that next year, whether or not there are many [driver] movements, I will be in Formula One again.

“Obviously I’m not asking for a car to win, only a team that gives me the ability to be among the top ten consistently.

“This year, [it would be] teams like Williams, Sauber and Force India. A team with these characteristics,” he said.

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  • Psych4191

    Here’s the difference between the two. Heikki goes above and beyond the cars’ ability. Jaime bitches if something isn’t right. Heikki bit the bullet and chilled for a few years after a lack of success. Jaime bitched and moaned about being fired and would not take a seat in a lesser team.

  • Kevin

    Why would Sauber consider either? Neither have proven they are going to bring anything special to the table, and no better than what they already have. Why not Gutierrez, Bianchi, or Razia? Alguersuari was set aside from STR because he was not developing, while Kovalainen is in a long downward spiral. Kobashi has just not developed his skills beyond being a perpetual rookie accident waiting to happen. Seems there are better choices available, even if that includes rolling the dice a little to find a magic like they have with Perez – rather than settling for a known flat line performer just to have meat in the seat.