Sauber set to confirm Gutierrez for 2013 23 November, 2012 Nov.23 (GMM) According to team boss Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber will announce the identity Nico Hulkenberg’s 2013 teammate this weekend. “We have always said it will be announced during the season,” she is quoted in Brazil by France’s L’Equipe. It is an open secret that the candidates are incumbent Kamui Kobayashi, who has been frantically trying to find a sponsor, and Mexican youngster Esteban Gutierrez, whose appointment would keep Sauber’s major backer Telmex happy. Japanese Kobayashi is quoted by Brazil’s Globo: “This could be my last race – I don’t know.” Sergio Perez, the current Telmex-backed Sauber driver who is moving to McLaren for 2013, let the cat out of the bag by revealing the Swiss team’s plans to replace him. “The (2013 Sauber) car will be strong because the rules don’t change much, and the team have a good experienced driver in Nico and he will have a strong teammate in Esteban,” he said on Thursday. “We are waiting for the announcement,” he added. Gutierrez, 21, is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace: “God willing it will be announced, but at the moment it is something that depends on the team. “It’s hard for me to talk about it, but I think I’m ready to take the place.” Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsFong and Nissany to test a Sauber in ValenciaRussian teenager Sirotkin makes impressive debutSauber looking to put Russian deal back on trackBlow to De Silvestro’s F1 ambitions as funds dry upAt least three F1 teams in battle for survivalSauber: A very disappointing raceSauber: Energy management issues didn’t help us at allSauber: We ran into some unexpected limitationsSauber preview Singapore Grand Prix weekendSirotkin and Verstappen set for FP1 sessions this year Kobayashi I really do hope Kobayashi stays in F1.