Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn had admitted a 'technical problems' with the arrival of sponsorship has prompted a delay in payment to a portion of its staff.

The Swiss team has endured a tough start to the 2016 F1 season after having to wait until the second pre-season test to give its C35 its track debut, though it insists it is ready for the Australian Grand Prix.

However, a report in the Swiss Blick newspaper revealed a problem receiving sponsorship payments from drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr have had a knock-on effect with the team staff. However, Kaltenborn insists it is an unfortunate eventuality rather than a sign of something worse to come.

"Yes it's right. Part of the February salaries is pending. I regret that immensely," she said. "It is unfortunate. We now have the most expensive time. And with the transfer of a large amount sponsorship from abroad, there has been remittance technical problems.

"We will solve soon. We will get the current problems under control and get us out of this unfortunate situation. We fight and come out of there. Just as in recent years."

Sauber grabbed the headlines at the opening round of the 2015 F1 season when it transpired it had three drivers - including Giedo van der Garde - under contract to race in Australia, resulting in a series of court appearances before a settlement was reached that would see the Dutchman end his agreement with the team.



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