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Sauber admits need for sponsorship deals

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Sauber is hoping for further sponsorship deals as it looks to use the influence of Russian backing to escape the current financial troubles blighting the team.

Ever since the announcement of a Russian rescue deal earlier this summer, the headlines around Sauber have continued to suggest the Swiss team are struggling to keep their heads above water but team boss Monisha Kaltenborn insists the future is looking brighter for the Hinwil team.

"I understand that people want to know more," Kaltenborn told Blick newspaper. " Because until now we have not said so much.

"But I want to assure everyone that things go in the right direction."

Though the indications are the money promised from the consortium of Russian organisations is slow to arrive.

"I hope that in this season, we will see new sponsor logos on the car," said Kaltenborn.

"We also hope that something happens in terms of Sochi," she added, referring to next year's inaugural Russian GP.

What is expected is should he be able to obtain the necessary super-license, 18-year old Sergey Sirotkin will be drafted in to a race seat in 2014 becoming the youngest driver to race in F1, however, there is much talk over who his team-mate would be.

Earlier talk suggested talented German Nico Hulkenberg had already terminated his contract with Sauber and is merely finishing the year with the Swiss team and, with sponsorship deals so important, the likelihood of young Mexican Esteban Gutierrez remaining at the team is high, though would the team be comfortable with a driver line-up with the average age of 20?

"Actually one thing really does not have anything to do with the other," Kaltenborn insisted.

In fact, she admitted that, "Ideally, we would want a more experienced teammate" for 18-year-old Sirotkin.

"On the other hand we have been in this situation before and it worked well with two somewhat inexperienced pilots," added Kaltenborn.

Other names in the mix could be Ferrari backed Jules Bianchi who continues to impress at Marussia and could help in reducing the cost of the Ferrari engines the team will use in 2014, while current Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has also been linked back to his former team.

One driver certainly no longer on Sauber's radar is young Dutchman Robin Frijns, who was dropped by Sauber due to his lack of sponsorship funds. Kaltenborn said it was sad to let Frijns go but: "Unfortunately it shows what situation Formula One is in at the moment," she said.

"Despite his talent, his management hasn't been able to find more sponsors. And it makes no sense to hold on to a driver if you cannot give him what he wants."

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