Sauber Confirmed In Final Grid Slot
The Sauber F1 Team will make a return to the Formula One grid for the first time since their owner sold the team to BMW at the end of the 2005 season.
Toyota pulled out of F1 and made a grid slot available, which was desired by Sauber – but could have been taken away if someone had bought Toyota.
With the Japanese manufacturer confirming last night that they had returned their entry to Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA, it looked ever more likely Sauber would be confirmed on the grid, and now they have been.
“This is excellent news for the workforce in Hinwil,” said owner Peter Sauber.
“After many weeks of uncertainty, we have finally secured our place on the grid for 2010. Now we can enter into concrete negotiations with drivers and sponsors.”
A statement issued by the FIA said: “The FIA has written to inform BMW Sauber AG that their application for an entry in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship has been successful.”
“Subject to their signing the Concorde Agreement, BMW Sauber will be awarded the 13th entry in the Championship, taking the place of the departing Toyota team.
“The FIA has worked closely with the Commercial Rights Holder and the teams involved over recent weeks and is grateful for their support in achieving the best outcome for the sport.”
The team are already working on their 2010 car, codenamed the C29 which is likely to be powered by Ferrari engines, and Christian Klien is currently favourite for a race seat.