Potential buyers tour Sauber headquarters in Hinwil

16 December, 2013

Sauber factory

Sauber factory

Cash strapped Sauber is still scrambling to secure its future in Formula 1, according to the latest reports.

The Swiss team has now announced that Adrian Sutil is replacing the Force India-bound Nico Hulkenberg in 2014.

But Sauber said late on Friday: “The second driver will be announced at a later date.”

So what happened to the much-vaunted Russian rescue deal, where the Russian teen Sergey Sirotkin was set to be in the Swiss-made cockpit?

According to the well-connected correspondent for the Swiss newspaper Blick, Roger Benoit, Sauber is now looking into working with a new group of investors.

Reportedly, the unnamed group visited Sauber’s Hinwil factory last week.

“They want to take over the team and install new management,” said Benoit.

Benoit revealed that, a year ago, an investor group headed by 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen expressed interest in buying Sauber.

“Kimi was just the middleman,” confirmed team founder Peter Sauber, who brought the Finn into Formula 1 as a rookie in 2001. (GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    Russian rescue seems a bit like the Rescue from Quantum Motorsport I wonder if Mansoor Ijaz brokered that deal as well.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    A lot of people laughed at the Russian rescue deal and said it would not actually happen. It seems they might be right.

  • Kimi4WDC

    Every big Russian spending will now trigger an investigation into where the funds come from and as you would know it’s hard to make honest living in Russia, not to mention millions.

    Thieves.

  • Spartacus

    Kimi, as the middle man, simply pointed his index finger to Sauber. The investors went straight there. Kimi need not even open his mouth (which he rarely does anyway)…

  • TACHELES

    “They want to take over the team and install new management.”

    Well, this actually would be the best thing they could do. Ms. Kaltenborn’s “management” turned out to be a total disaster. Too many streamlined words, too much hot air. Disappointing. Hopefully, the team gets in better hands.

  • Kimi4WDC

    @TACHELES

    Agree.

  • nunya buisness

    I wonder why Diresta cant get into this seat! it wld be best option for sauber

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