F1 » Ecclestone won’t be Sauber saviour

Bernie Ecclestone says he won't be the saviour of the Sauber team, even though it 'deserves to be saved'

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July 11, 2013 10:57 AM

well done to the FIA as all the cash strapped teams will be having to massively increase their budgets to pay for your little pea shooter engines next year to keep the manufactures happy as they can justify it to the boards and shareholders while they mess about in the sport and buy grace and favour. I think we will be hearing more of this type of thing from others in the upcoming months. Maybe F1 teams also need to stop paying themselves Hollywood salaries and maybe book normal hotel rooms and travelling economy like all the other global businesses which are struggling..... and pigs might fly......


July 11, 2013 10:17 PM


Maybe it was too logical...it happens to me too sometimes when I'm simply realistic about Kovalainen's (lack of) results as a race driver in F1 if people are still raving about him somehow.

Anyway on Sauber I think it shows a couple of things. First of all their current predicament is the definitive proof that truely privately run midfield teams can't survive without a billionaire in the background willing to cover up the inevitable yearly losses for the privilege of roaming around in the paddock...which is fine as long as billionaires are willing to do that, not so fine if you want a healthy sport with some continuity.

Second...big time sponsors are idiots. Sauber is a perfect team to sponsor, they have (had) all the right resources to make the final step, but instead they choose to pay $30 million/year to be on a rear wing of a McLaren or Ferrari, based on historic performance...


July 11, 2013 10:20 PM

When BMW took over Sauber they made it into a pole position and race winning team within 2 years...If there are in fact oppertunities in F1 to come in and make money in the long term at all, I'd say pouring cash into Sauber is one of them.

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