The 2010 Formula 1 season opener in Bahrain is coming up fast, and there are just four race seats remaining after Sauber announced Pedro de la Rosa as its second signing. The Sauber team will be a mix of experience and youth, as 38-year old de la Rosa’s teammate will be impressive Japanese youngster Kamui Kobayashi, 23.

Spaniard de la Rosa started his F1 career as a test driver for Jordan in 1998. He then drove for Arrows and Jaguar before going to McLaren, with whom he stayed as a test driver from 2003 through 2009, filling in for Juan Pablo Montoya in 2005 and 2006. He has 71 Grands Prix under his belt. “Pedro has spent many years working for a top team at the highest technical level. We as a team stand to gain from his experience, and the same goes for young Kamui,” pointed out Team Principal Peter Sauber.

As mentioned, four seats remain empty: two at USF1, one at Campos (teammate to Bruno Senna) and one at Renault (racing with Robert Kubica). Some of you must be wondering why our title spelled “BMW Sauber” when Munich had already pulled out of F1. The team’s 2010 entry was submitted last season with BMW in the title, and it cannot amend the name without the approval of the Formula 1 Commission. Plenty of red tape involved.