Ongoing speculation about Sauber's financial position will not prevent the Swiss team from securing a new contract to use Ferrari engines from next season.
While rumours regarding the Swiss team's relationship with its new Russian investors were few over the Belgian Grand prix weekend, the position remains far from clear. Suggestions that it had not yet received any investment were flatly denied by Hinwil at the end of F1's summer break and quotes from Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali at Spa suggest that the threat of the Scuderia pulling the plug on its supply of engines – over alleged non-payment – have subsided.
“We want to continue to supply our engines to Sauber,” Domenicali told journalists in Belgium over the weekend, “and I hope that, very soon, we will settle the formalities.”
Sauber insists that it has no intention of seeking an alternative to Ferrari power, despite suggestions that, in the new engine era that begins next season, Mercedes may have stolen a march on its rivals [ see separate story
], and team boss Monisha Kaltenborn shares Domenicali's optimism that a new deal could be ready to announce at Monza next month.
“We have never considered any other options, and do not plan to either,” she noted, “There are no problems with the talks, we have worked very closely before, and I think both sides are ready for [a new deal].”