Felipe Massa admits he is saddened by the plight of the Sauber F1 Team as they struggle financially to continue in Formula 1, with the team’s future still hanging in the balance.
The Swiss team have struggled both on and off the track this season, with team boss Monisha Kaltenborn working hard to find more investment for the team so they can compete on track and pay their employees.
Massa, who made his Formula 1 debut with the team back in 2002, is sad that Sauber are having so many off-track issues, as he was with Lotus in 2015 as they struggled financially before the team were taken over by Renault.
“Nobody likes to see that,” said Massa of Sauber’s problems. “Nobody likes to hear things like that about Sauber, even Lotus last year.”
The veteran Williams Martini Racing driver feels more needs to be done to ensure a level playing field in Formula 1, especially when it comes to financial equality.
“When you look to the other sports, maybe basketball, you see most of the teams they have money,” said Massa. “When you see baseball and American football, most have money to take people from other teams, to invest.
“F1 it is not the case. There is a lot to do in F1 to improve. It would be nice to see teams with money with little difference between teams.
“If you see that, you will see different cars winning because it will be closer. To improve, you have to change some rules and it’s not easy to change any rules in F1.”