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Two statements from Sauber

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21/06/2017

Sauber has tonight issued two official statements in the wake of media reports over the course of the day concerning team principal Monisha Kaltenborn's departure from the team.

Strangely however, while the second statement - issued at 23:54 (Hinwil time) confirms the reports, a statement issued thirty minutes earlier takes issue with claims about the team's drivers.

The first statement reads:

"The owners and board of Sauber Motorsport AG take strong exception to speculative and widespread media reports today that our race drivers have not been, and are not being, treated equally.

"This is not only patently untrue, it would be contrary to the team's absolute and longstanding commitment to fair competition.

"These reports, attributed to anonymous "sources", are highly detrimental to both Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein as well as to the management and all staff of the Sauber F1 Team."

The follow-up reads:

"Longbow Finance SA regrets to announce that, by mutual consent and due to diverging views of the future of the company, Monisha Kaltenborn will leave her positions with the Sauber Group effective immediately.

"We thank her for many years of strong leadership, great passion for the Sauber F1 Team and wish her the very best for the future. Her successor will be announced shortly; in the meantime we wish the team the best of luck in Azerbaijan."

One cannot help but feel that the team would have been better served reacting earlier and issuing the statements in reverse order.

Indeed, in terms of the team's obvious anger at talk of unequal treatment of its drivers, it should not be forgotten that in Melbourne 2015 the Swiss outfit attempted to shoehorn three drivers - Ericsson, Felipe Nasr and Giedo Van der Garde - into two seats, a move that was to eventually cost around $16m in terms of compensation to the Dutch racer.

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1. Posted by MarkF1, 23/06/2017 10:10

"I really do like the Sauber team and I admire them for sticking it out in a sport were the distribution of money is grossly unfair. Until Liberty Media really get there hands on the crown jewells and get to work on rebuilding the entire structure of F1, then teams like Sauber are only there to make up the numbers. It pains me to say that.The Honda decision is a strange one especially now that we know that McLaren have all but announced there exit from there Honda contract. Honda need thousands and thousands of miles of testing and development but we all know that the rules and regs prevent that. I think the timing of Kaltenborns departure is interesting. Even more interesting will be her replacement. "

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2. Posted by ClarkwasGod, 22/06/2017 13:35

"In this instance, it sounds like Kaltenborn had pushed for equal treatment of both drivers, and when this was not forthcoming, stood by her beliefs. You can't knock her for that. The drivers' comments, too, are quite revealing in the way they responded. Look for, maybe, a Honda supported driver joing for 2018 in place of Wehrlein (given his Mercedes support)? If that is the case, somehow I doubt the new face will be Alonso......"

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3. Posted by Gretsch, 22/06/2017 11:46

"Good riddance to Monisha, she should have gone a long time ago after the teams disgraceful management of Giedo van de Garde and the spiteful response after the court of appeal enforced the Swiss chambers judgement on van de Garde's contract to drive."

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