Sauber are struggling!

Sauber are to miss the first in-season test in Spain later this month and look to be in a lot of trouble concerning money.


The financially troubled Sauber team is to miss the first in-season test in Spain later this month.

The Swiss team said they did not have a car update at the Spanish Grand Prix – which precedes the test – nor a young driver who meets the requirements.

Teams must use a driver who has raced in no more than two grands prix in two of the four days of in-season testing.

Sauber have lost two senior technicians since March and have admitted salaries have been paid late twice this year.

The team lost technical directors Mark Smith in March and head of track engineering Tim Malyon in April. Both had been in their jobs only for just a couple of months and statements from Sauber cited personal reasons for their departure.

At the Russian Grand Prix last weekend, sporting director Beat Zehnder admitted Sauber faced a “really difficult time” as a result of the costs inherent in designing a new car to meet major rule changes for 2017.

“The financial impact is a massive one and for a small team like Sauber it’s really difficult,” Zehnder said. “We’re talking about millions and millions here, so for a smaller team it’s really a difficult time.”

Sauber are currently 10th in the Constructors Championship with no points after 4 rounds just ahead of Manor in 11th.



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