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Financially troubled Sauber to skip Spanish GP in-season test

Financially troubled Sauber to skip Spanish GP in-season test

Sauber F1 Team confirmed that, they will not attend in the in-season test at Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona after Spanish GP, for a couple reasons.

Sauber declared on twitter – with two main reasons – “Quick news: We (Sauber) cancelled the first in-season test in BCN. There are 2 reasons: 1. we will not introduce a car update at the Spanish GP. 2. We do not have a young/test driver available that fulfills the requirements Formula 1”

The Hinwil based F1 team are going through financial troubles, they confirmed recently that monthly salaries were paid late in February and March.

Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn was absent from last weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.

“We have financial difficulties, it’s not a secret. The good thing is that we are still around. We are working hard to solve all the problems but it’s not easy,” team manager Beat Zehnder told reporters in Sochi.

“An annual budget this year is just a massive one and to just cover it by sponsors and the income from (F1 commercial supremo) Bernie (Ecclestone) is just not sufficient,” he added.

Sauber duo Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson are yet to score this season. Sauber and Manor are now the only two teams yet to score points this season.

The first in-season test is scheduled for May 17-18 in Barcelona, second and final in-season test scheduled for July 12-13 in Silverstone, after the British GP.

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