Once again the Sauber F1 Team have taken the decision to sit out an in-season test session, which on this occasion will follow the upcoming British Grand Prix. The two-day test will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, and the majority of teams have chosen to run a young driver at the session, as the 2016 regulations dictate that two of the four allocated days must be given over to young driver testing.
The Swiss squad, who do not currently have a reserve or academy driver in their employment, already missed the Barcelona test session earlier this season, and confirmed on Twitter today that due to not introducing any recent updates, they see no point in attending the upcoming test.
— Sauber F1 Team (@SauberF1Team) July 6, 2016
The Hinwil based team had planned to introduce a new aero package at some point between the Canadian and British Grand Prix, however those updates have so far not gone ahead and many are now questioning whether they ever will.
Sauber have struggled financially this season with no new updates or modifications being applied to the C35 so far this year, and late payment of staff wages being an unavoidable consequence of the situation they currently find themselves in. With no help seemingly on the horizon, those troubles unfortunately appear set to rumble on for some time yet.
The Swiss squad currently sit at the bottom of the championship table, without a point to their name for the second time in the last two years, with 2014 also seeing the team suffer a points drought and a somewhat woeful campaign.