The Founder of the Sauber team Peter Sauber has admitted that he believes that the Swiss team will be languishing at the back of the field for this season after financial insecurities in 2016 hampered the development of the blue and gold C36.
Peter Sauber pulled out of running the team of his namesake after an association with Formula One that spanned over two-decades. The team have enjoyed a very reliable pre-season test, clocking the fourth largest haul of laps in the field, they will have to strike early before their 2016 Ferrari power-unit becomes redundant.
“There are ten teams. The initial position for Sauber is number ten.
There are no miracles in Formula One. When I look at the years after BMW, 2012 was the last really good season and after that it became difficult because of the lack of financial resources.
During the development of the 2017 car, the time between May and September was very important and it was then that the funds were missing.”
– Peter Sauber
He went on to tell Swiss Newspapers that he “doesn’t even own a screwdriver” from Hinwil and has absolutely nothing to do with the team anymore. At least he’s keeping the team’s PR and Marketing teams busy with statements like this, that drain the team of pretty much all hope.
Marcus Ericsson isn’t as pessimistic, he eluded to power unit issues for other teams giving the Sauber team a chance to claim some points early, whilst other teams resolve their own issues.
“The tests encouraged us, because Honda and Renault had their problems with reliability, even if we are far from where we want to go. I think Haas is the closest to us, but forecasts are very difficult after only eight days of testing.”
– Marcus Ericsson
The team are going into the 2017 season having struggled as back-markers since 2014. Their last competitive season of note came in 2012, with 6th in the Constructor standings and four impressive podium finishes.