This is the headline Swiss newspaper Blick led with following the Austrian GP. The associated picture was of a jubilant Pascal Wehrlein celebrating his point scoring finish with the rest of the Manor F1 race team.
Sauber are known to be in deep financial trouble again, and having scored no points this season, Wehrlein’s opportunistic drive in Spielberg may well mean Sauber loses around $40m in funding from Ecclestone and FOM.
The Swiss team are in last in 11th place in the F1 constructors’ table – a position which receives no financial support from Ecclestone and FOM. The team have responded by pulling out of the post British GP test in Silverstone I an effort to save cash.
Sauber also missed the Barcelona test following the Spanish GP.
During the 2016 season, the Sauber C35 has had no development worthy of note, though an upgrade was expected for the Canadian GP. This new aero package cannot now be delivered prior to Silverstone which is why Sauber has withdrawn from the post-race test.
An announcement just appeared on twitter, “As we introduce the #C35 aero package at a later stage, testing in Silverstone is cancelled considering cost effectiveness.”
In times gone by, Sauber were viewed almost as Ferrari’s B team – often giving Maranello’s young driver hopefuls a seat in F1. Further, Sauber would be there year in year out to run Ferrari power units which was in Maranello’s interest and therefore gave the Swiss team an element of financial security.
The advent of Haas F1 may well have changed all that.