Marcus Ericsson and Sauber score again!

Marcus Bahrain

Today’s GP in Bahrain was entertaining, as is almost always the case Bahrain, but especially so for Swiss and Swedish F1 fans, as Marcus Ericsson finished 9th, scoring two points for his Swiss Sauber team. Even better, he did not do so because of a mass crash, but rather as the Sauber car with its new partner Ferrari (in Alfa Romeo disguise) is actually becoming increasingly competitive, and at least on this circuit managed to keep the pace of the middle field of teams. This bodes well for the future. Before today, Marcus had a stint of 49 races without scoring a point (since Monza in 2015), hopefully it won’t take another 49 for him to score again!

The race was won by Vettel (but the way his 49th win by a funny coincidence) ahead of Bottas (who would probably have won had the race lasted another couple of laps) and Lewis Hamilton, who had started 9th due to a replaced gearbox.

Sauber C33 Ferrari – best-looking 2014 car so far!

Swiss Formula 1 team Sauber yesterday presented their 2014 car C33, if you ask me by quite some margin the best looking car of the models we have seen so far and with a remarkably ordinary nose! In spite of severe financial worries last year, Sauber has apparently managed to finance the new season mostly through its driver line-up where both the test drivers Sergei Sirotkin (RUS) and Giedo van der Garde (NL) as well as the regular driver Esteban Gutierrez (MX) have brought sponsor money. The only driver who hasn’t bought his way in, to put is somewhat harshly, is the second ordinary driver Adrian Sutil (GER).

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Big financial problems at Swiss Formula 1 team Sauber

The Swiss-based Formula 1-team Sauber is, like most non-factory teams, in quite acute financial trouble. This summer Sauber announced it had secured financing through a Russian investor as part of a deal to hire the Russian driver Sergei Sirotkin for the 2014 season. A few months on Sauber is still waiting for the money, and the number of unpaid bills keep increasing. The company currently has 57 creditors that have started legal enforcement procedures for a total amount of around 500.000 CHF, including the Zurich electricity power company, that Sauber ows around 50.000 CHF. It could therefore be that the lights literally go out soon at Sauber’s HQ in Hinwil outside of Zurich, and one can’t help wondering how a F1 team can possibly survive another season if it can’t pay its running costs? If the Russian money does not come soon, the odds are that there will be at least one team less in the 2014 F1 line-up!

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Sauber F1 team – soon without engine and wheels?