According to AUTOSPORT, team owner Peter Sauber looks set to lodge an application with the FIA to change the team’s name, removing the BMW moniker from its current ‘BMW Sauber’ guise.
Since buying back the team he first sold to the German automotive group at the end of the 2005 season, the team’s entry was confirmed late last year, leaving Sauber to concentrate on the more pressing matters of getting his team to the Bahrain grid as opposed to correcting the team name.
The team claims it withheld trying to expedite a name change before the start of the 2010 season, as it would place the team at risk of losing out on the television rights income it was entitled to by finishing in 6th place in the Constructors’ Championship last year under its previous owners.
"We will submit an application for a chassis name change, but the timing has yet to be decided,” Sauber said. "It will happen some time this season."
The team ran virtually sponsorless at the season-opening Bahrain GP, and its Grand Prix weekend form fell well short of the pre-season testing pace the team apparently possessed – leading many to speculate that the team was showboating with an underweight car to attract sponsors in a hurry.
"We have still a white car unfortunately, because it is impossible to find sponsors during January and February – especially big sponsors," he explained.
"Today we are looking for sponsors for the 2011 season. I hope we will find some sponsors for this season.
"If we find a title sponsor for 2011 in the middle of the year then maybe we can have them for this season too," he said.
You’ve got to find some pace first, Herr Sauber!
Again, Peter, our previous offer of sponsorship stands if you’d like to take us up on it!