The Sauber F1 Team have confirmed they have finally paid their staff their full February wages after earlier saying they had been forced into delays.
Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn admitted there were ‘outstanding’ salaries to be paid, but the team have now confirmed to Autosport that these payments have now been made.
With the new season just around the corner, Sauber were already on the back foot following the delayed introduction of their C35 until the second pre-season test, having decided that Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson would use the 2015 C34 at the first test, and the news of the delays in paying wages will increase the doubts that surround the team’s future.
The team are in no doubt that they will be on the grid in the season opening Australian Grand Prix later this month despite the delays, but are still seeking further investment from sponsors to secure their future, after being one of three teams at the back end of 2015 to ask for an advance on their championship payments.
The team finished eighth in the championship in 2015, with Nasr securing their best result of the year in the opening race of the year in Australia with fifth position.