Hulkenberg: Sauber problems “a difficult situation”

2013 German Grand Prix

Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013Nico Hulkenberg admits Sauber’s financial problems are “a difficult situation” for the team.

Reports claim Sauber has been struggling to pay its bills and has stopped development of its C32 chassis.

The team’s chief designer Matt Morris recently left to join McLaren as engineering director.

During the press conference ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix Hulkenberg said: “I think it’s a difficult situation, like [team principal] Monisha [Kaltenborn] has told the press yesterday.”

Hulkenberg, who joined the team from Force India this year, added: “I think she and the team and the management is working on a solution and trying to work a way out of it, to get better things.”

“She’s assured me that she’s busy working on that and there’s not much more I can say other than that.”

The Sauber team was owned by BMW from 2006 to 2009 before it was sold back to founder Peter Sauber.

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28 comments on Hulkenberg: Sauber problems “a difficult situation”

  1. mark powell said on 6th July 2013, 8:15

    What you all seem to forget, that Vijay malya and sahara have other business financial problems in india and the way it was protrayed up and down the grid, its no wonder hulkenberg jumped ship. SFI may look good on paper and on the screens, deep down there will be problems lurking, last year i read that SFI had problems paying wages including the drivers, and they wernt happy. The boost is with the help of Mclaren and they are doing a great job too infact better than Mclaren this season. But how long will this honeymoon last if SFI defalts the payments to Mclaren. that is the question. To be honest monisha is doing a great job, but the team was run at the helm by peter sauber, when sponsors and future investors want to meat the man you cannot as he has retired. finance or a lack of it its no surprise and F1 is a sea full of sharks and they all are ready to bite.

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