Nico Hulkenberg has admitted that Sauber's current financial situation is 'difficult', but had backed the Swiss outfit to come out of the other side.

Reports in the German media following the British Grand Prix suggested that the team had halted development of its current car and that team members - including Hulkenberg - had gone unpaid as team bosses worked to secure additional sponsorship.

Quizzed on the situation during Thursday's press conference ahead of the German Grand Prix, Hulkenberg admitted that it wasn't the ideal situation for the Hinwil-based outfit to be forced to deal with, with assurances having been given that things would improve.

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"For sure it is a difficult situation as Monisha [Kaltenborn - team principal] has told the press," the former Force India man said. "She, and the team and management, are working on a solution to get out of it [the situation] and to get better things.

"She has assured me that she is working on that, and there isn't much more that I can say other than that."

Sauber is already coming to terms with the loss of designer Matt Morris, who tendered his resignation on the eve of the British Grand Prix to move to McLaren, where he will take up the position of engineering director.