Sauber Rescue

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Tony Holder, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Tony Holder

    Tony Holder

    Sauber have announced partnerships with three Russian institutions

    Deals appear to secure Swiss team's long-term future - and also pave way for teenager's F1 debut?

    Sauber have announced partnerships with three Russian institutions in a move that appears to secure their long-term future.
    The partnerships with the Investment Co-operation International Fund, the State Fund of Development of North-West Russian Federation and the National Institute of Aviation Technologies will enable promotion of Formula 1 in Russia as well giving Sauber access to technology solutions.

    "With the National Institute of Aviation Technologies, one of the leading scientific research institutions in Russia, the Sauber F1 team will benefit from the advanced know-how of the front-end Russian scientists and engineers," a statement from the Swiss team read on Monday.
    "The objective of the partnership is to open up new perspectives and revenue streams by commercialising jointly developed technologies."
    The promotion aspect of the agreements comes ahead of Russia's inaugural grand prix, which is scheduled to take place in Sochi next year.
    Sauber are to play a role in "attracting the talented young Russian generation towards motorsport" and are to take on driver Sergey Sirotkin with a view to him being handed a race seat for next season.
    Sirotkin, who turns 18 next month, currently contests the Formula Renault 3.5 series and lies eighth in the standings.
    Sauber have found the going difficult both on and off the track this season: placed eighth in the Constructors' Championship, they have also been struggling to pay suppliers.
    Founder and owner Peter Sauber has sold up once before, to BMW in 2005, and refused to rule out the prospect again. Indeed, there had already been links with Russia: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was named as a possible owner as was Boris Rotenberg, who owns SMP bank along with brother Arkady.
    Speaking after the recent German GP, Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn told Autosport: "We have very openly said that this is a difficult time for us, but we are doing all we can to come out of this situation.
    "I am confident that we will soon be out of this situation and that is all there is to say about it."

    SKY F1
    • Like Like x 3
  2. Markus Neumann

    Markus Neumann

    Looks good.
    Sirotkin may be a pay driver, but a good one at that.
    If he manages to reap in a few good results and gains popularity with next year's Russian GP, Sauber might attract even more sponsors from the country.
  3. the_sigman


    First time I'm happy about a pay driver coming. Sauber are now a ''traditional'' team after 20(+) years in F1
  4. Metalfreaky


    I'm not sure if I should be happy or not. Of course it is good too see Sauber next year one the grid But I also hate the idea of another paydriver. I don't know how much talent Sirotkin has but I'm pretty sure that F1 comes way too early for him.
  5. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff

    Sirotkin looks like he have lots of speed. But I think it is too early for him, he is far from consistent. But this is the second case of daddy buys a place in a F1 team. It's just that Sirotkin sr was smarter than Chilton sr.