Peter Sauber Returns

With the shady Qadbak buy-in now dead and buried and with Peter Sauber back at the helm of his eponymous team, the Swiss founder says he is expecting to have the green light from the FIA on Monday.

The 66-year-old’s newly announced re-purchase of the team he sold to BMW in 2005 will only be completed when the FIA confirms Sauber as an official entrant in next year’s world championship.

"We expect the entry in the coming week," Sauber told the Swiss daily, Blick, adding that the following milestone is a signature on the new Concorde Agreement.

He also added that the progress of the 2010 car is "very good", crediting a "better than ever" technical collaboration with Ferrari, to supply the engine and transmission in 2010. The last Ferrari-powered Sauber was 2005’s C24, raced by Felipe Massa and Jacques Villeneuve. The 2010 car will be called the C29, Peter Sauber confirmed.
Blick reports the official team name likely to be announced by the FIA will be Team Sauber F1, with the competitor to be known initially as Sauber-Ferrari and to receive the final race numbers 26 and 27.

A resumption of the naming collaboration with Malaysian oil sponsor Petronas could result in the team again being known as Sauber-Petronas, the newspaper added.

As yet, there has been no confirmation as to Dr Mario Theissen’s future role with the team, if indeed on exists at all.

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Richard Bailey

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