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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'
Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he won't step in to help Sauber out of its current financial predicament.

The Swiss team is currently facing issues that have resulted in some suppliers going without payment, while reports had suggested that lead driver Nico Hulkenberg has also been forced to wait for wages.

Ecclestone has been known to step in and help teams in the past, but insisted that he wouldn't be able to help the Hinwil-based outfit, even though it was 'what the team deserved'.

The commercial rights holder even suggested that a buy-out could be the best way for the team to ensure its long-term future, with suggestions that new sponsorship deals are set to secure stability in the short-term.

"We have agreements that require us to treat all the teams equally," he was quoted by Sporting Life. "[Sauber are] a good team and I'm sure there is more than one possible buyer.

"I don't want to imagine F1 without Sauber. Ideally, they will find new sponsors in the long term, but even companies who are willing to support them in the short term would be fine.

"The team deserves to be helped. I don't know exactly what their financial situation is, but I know it's not as good as it should be."




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Superhunky

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......



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