The financial troubles currently faced by Sauber F1 Team may limit the in-season development of their 2016 challenger, reckons Felipe Nasr.
Even though the Swiss team completed both pre-season tests in Barcelona and appear to be ready for the season-opener this weekend in Australia, the team could face difficulties during this season to find funds for the development of the C35.
“You guys can see. It is a difficult situation at the moment,” said Nasr on Thursday. “But the good thing is the car is here, the team is here and we are ready to race. That’s what we have in our hands now.
“Hopefully, things will improve and we can ship in developments and start upgrading our car. There are still a lot of things to be done. So, let’s hope things can get better and we can add some more performance to the car.”
Meanwhile to team-mate Marcus Ericsson, he suggests this issues are normal for a privateer squad like Sauber.
“I think for all the independent teams, you know, it is sort of the million-dollar question and the more money, we get the more we can develop the car,” he said.
“But as far as I understand, this part of the year is always difficult with the new car being produced in a short amount of time – from what I know, it shouldn’t be a problem coming into the season now.”