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Sauber confirms deals with Pérez and Telmex // The Mexican driver gets set to make F1 debut in 2011

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Pérez in the Catalunya paddock earlier this year
Credit: Alastair Staley / GP2 Media

Sauber have today confirmed their full line-up for next season with the announcement that Sergio Pérez will join Kamui Kobayashi on the grid. There are no more silly season rumours for Peter Sauber's team, as the 20-year-old Mexican driver joins F1 from GP2.

He finished second in the 2010 GP2 series, having won four races, and he has an impressive CV to show off. He's looking forward to the opportunity:

Formula One is the dream of every young racing driver. And now this dream is about to come true for me. Although I’m very much aware that this is also a big challenge and responsibility, I’m happy to accept that and am proud to be representing my country in the highest category of motor racing.

- Sergio Pérez

Along with some fresh talent, Pérez brings with him some sponsorship dollars in the form of Telmex. Sauber confirmed a partnership with the telecommunications firm, with the ominous words: "...logos will have a significant presence on the Sauber Motorsport racing cars..."

The Chairman of Telmex is Carlos Slim, who was previously associated with a potential Honda buyout when the manufacturer quit the sport at the end of 2008. That deal never came to pass, but the Mexican has found a route into F1 now.

Their decision of having Sergio with them is very significant on his career to become a top driver representing Mexico. For Telmex and our racing project Escuderia Telmex it’s a great step forward, and we feel very proud to be able to consolidate these years of work for having a Mexican driver in F1 with Sauber Motorsport.

- Carlos Slim

The deal brings some much needed funding, and will hopefully brighten up the stark white image that the Sauber cars present on the grid.