Sauber has reiterated its 'wish' for Formula 1 to introduce a budget cap and a fairer distribution of the sport's royalties in a tongue-in-cheek 'letter to Santa'.
After suffering the worst F1 campaign of its long history in 2014 when it failed to get on the scoreboard, Sauber enjoyed a revival of sorts in 2015, cracking the top ten on nine occasions en route to eight overall.
However, though it enjoyed a best finish of fifth place courtesy of Felipe Nasr in Australia, Sauber has made no secret of its continued frustration with the way F1 is run, most specifically the distribution of prize money and the way it is weighted towards the top teams.
With Sauber joining forces with Force India to take its complaints to the EU Commission, ahead of the festive period, the team took the opportunity to reiterate its opinion in a lighted-hearted - but thinly-veiled – wish list towards 'Santa' (or Bernie)
“We, at the Sauber F1 team, stand for a fair distribution of revenues by Formula One Management (FOM), which in turn improves the baseline for many teams.
“For our Christmas wishes to come true, we do not need the hard work of your elves… we need your supernatural powers! If you have some time, we would be extremely happy if you could have a look at our wish list:
1. Budget cap and fair distribution of FOM money: this will ensure that many F1 teams are more competitive, which will bring more excitement into the sport. That is what the Formula One fans want.
2. Simplified rules: currently the rules are too complex and difficult to understand (not so much for us, but for the fans).
3. Listening more to the wishes of the fans: This is important for our fans; they are important to us and, in the end, Formula One is worth nothing without them.
Sauber F1 Team
“PS. If any of the other F1 teams wish for the opposite, shred their letters!”