Date: 28th July 2011 at 11:51am
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The Sauber Team have announced that drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez will remain with the team for 2012.

19 year-old GP2 driver Esteban Gutierrez will also remain as reserve team driver.

Eyebrows were raised when Sauber announced their driver line-up for the 2011 Formula One World Championship. With only one full season under Kobayashi’s belt, the Japanese driver was thrusted into the position of team leader, while Mexican rookie driver Sergio Perez was given his first chance in Formula One.

Many thought the team lacked experience, but the two drivers have worked well and impressed the team enough to go with the same line-up next season.

?We are very pleased with our drivers, Kamui has grown into his role extremely well this year. Though it is only his second full Formula One season, he is already taking on the responsibilities that naturally fall to the more experienced driver in the team. We are delighted with him at both a sporting and a personal level. We had an option of working with him in 2012 and there was never any doubt that we would take it.? Sauber team principal Peter Sauber told formula1.com.

?Sergio has achieved more than one could expect from a rookie, From the very first race he proved that he is capable of driving not only fast but consistently as well.’ He added.

Not only has Perez impressed on the track he has also impressed off it, following his heavy crash in Monaco, the young rookie took the sensible decision to withdraw from the Canadian Grand Prix when he felt unwell during a practice session.

Perez had been past fit by the FIA medical staff, but Perez showed great maturity in taking a cautious approach to his recovery, while other drivers may have thought they couldn’t take the risk of giving up a drive and handing someone else a chance to impress.

Sauber continued: ‘After the accident in Monaco he demonstrated that he can handle difficult situations too. From the outset we had already signed a contract with Sergio that went beyond 2011. With a rookie that always entails a certain risk, of course, but clearly it has paid off.?