Sauber's salvation: the inside story

Sauber's salvation: the inside story

Amid frenzied gossip over Sauber's financial state, the team always knew it had a solution in sight. Dieter Rencken explains how Sauber's Russian alliance developed, and why it will transform the team

Can there have been a recent sight in the Formula 1 paddock more heart-wrenching than that of the dignified Peter Sauber (70 this October) admitting his eponymous team was experiencing difficulties in settling supplier invoices?

This is the man who, forget not, dipped into his own pocket to save the team BMW had dumped so unceremoniously at the end of 2009, double-compounding its actions first with an aborted sale to the controversial Qadbak organisation, then failing to secure an entry for the following season – thus effectively rendering the operation valueless.

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