“They are somewhere in eastern Europe”
Sauber could be on the verge of being sold, according to the well-connected Swiss newspaper Blick.
“At the season opener an old rumour resurfaced,” wrote veteran correspondent Roger Benoit. “Is Sauber being sold?” Benoit said that, in the past, Peter Sauber usually categorically denied such rumours, but new boss Monisha Kaltenborn told Blick: “These rumours have always existed.
Stefano Domenicali has admitted Ferrari will probably not field the fastest car at the 2013 season opener next month.
Indeed, based on the results of the opening two tests of the pre-season, most rivals and pundits think world champion Red Bull is still in the lead. Veteran correspondent Roger Benoit, of the Swiss newspaper Blick, ranks Lotus second in his early 2013 pecking order, followed by McLaren and then last year’s runner-up Ferrari.
Forget the ‘big three’ — Christian Horner has admitted teams other than Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari made the “strongest impression” on him last week at Jerez.
“Lotus and Sauber left the strongest impression,” the Red Bull chief said, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. “All the others are still difficult to assess,” added Horner. The German magazine’s correspondent Michael Schmidt said the new grey Sauber had Nico Hulkenberg “smiling” all week as the opening test at Jerez unfolded.
Talented drivers are proving the victims of a financial crisis in formula one, according to media reports.
Major newspapers like Germany’s Bild, and specialist outlets including Auto Motor und Sport, say the sport is “sick”. “Only the top four – Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes – are having no problems,” said Bild.
Sebastien Buemi has kicked off his new year by learning he will not be making his return to the formula one grid in 2013.
Switzerland’s Blick newspaper reports that the 24-year-old has been told he is out of the running to secure the vacant Force India race seat. Veteran correspondent Roger Benoit said Buemi, who lost his Toro Rosso drive at the end of 2011, will now work instead on having his deal as Red Bull’s official reserve driver extended.
It is possible Ferrari could poach Sebastien Buemi from Red Bull, the well-connected Swiss correspondent Roger Benoit claims.
Benoit, who has written for Blick newspaper for years, said Swiss Buemi’s future remains uncertain, despite his links to the Force India cockpit for 2013. Buemi, 24, was Red Bull’s reserve driver in 2012 and he is tipped to stay in the role for next year.
Earlier, Sauber – set to turn 69 – announced he has finally handed over as team principal to chief executive Monisha Kaltenborn.
Peter Sauber has essentially confirmed reports Esteban Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg are in the running to drive for the Swiss team in 2013. With Sergio Perez heading to McLaren, the fact Sauber is retaining the Telmex sponsorship is a sign the team could move its other Mexican Gutierrez into the race seat next season.
Some more pieces of the 2013 ‘silly season’ puzzle are set to fall into place.
British broadcaster BBC reports with confidence that, with his return to the podium at Suzuka following a two-year drought, Felipe Massa could have his new contract to stay at Ferrari confirmed “before” this weekend’s Korean grand prix.
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