Sauber Confident Of Gaining Final Grid Slot As 2010 Car Takes Shape
Peter Sauber has said he is “very confident” that his newly re-formed Sauber team will gain the final grid slot, after an FIA meeting for the 2010 season.
The Swiss businessman bought back his team from BMW and is now hoping to gain the empty grid slot vacated by Toyota. The only stumbling block to this is a report in today’s Blick a Swiss based tabliod saying that Serbian GP outfit ‘Stefan GP’ are to buy Toyota’s operation and rename it in order to avoid some $130million of fines.
The above is increasingly unlikely, and Sauber is confident the Hinwil outfit will make Bahrain next year.
“This agreement means that the future of the team and the location in Hinwil are secured,” he said in an interview with Formulaone.com
“I am very relieved about that development.”
“It would have been a crying shame had one of the best Formula 1 factories closed down. Regarding the slot on the grid I am very confident that we will be given a final confirmation very shortly.”
In terms of his new car, now known as the C29, which will be powered by Ferarri, Sauber is confident regarding its development into a fast paced machine.
“Our 2010 car is perfectly on schedule,” he said. “The development and fabrication have been unaffected by the situation. Having been able to proceed with uninterrupted development was also possible thanks to excellent cooperation with Ferrari, who submitted all the relevant data very early.
“Regarding the performance of the C29 we are all very confident. Two months before the first tests, we have already reached a very good basis for further development.”