Sauber has confirmed that it will be making its return to F1 (under the sole ownership of Peter Sauber) without the backing of a major sponsor, at least for this Grand Prix weekend at Bahrain.

Some reports doing the rounds had hinted that a major sponsorship deal would be unveiled at Sakhir, but team owner Peter Sauber has confirmed that this is not the case.

Speaking with Switzerland 20 Minuten, he said: “Time [since purchasing the team from BMW in December] was simply too short for us to find a partner or principal sponsor.

"Nevertheless, the 2010 season for us is guaranteed [in terms of funding], even though the more sponsors we have, the more we can invest in the development of the car."

Sauber also reiterated that neither of his drivers, Kamui Kobayashi or Pedro de la Rosa, were bringing any sponsorship to the team, but did hint: “The Spanish and Japanese markets are lucrative, although there has also been the impact of the global financial crisis."

Sauber Sign Bahrain

Peter, you have my details and I’m offering you a decal on your engine cover for a very good price (well, at least for me!)… I think our proposal has a nice ring to it and your signs in Bahrain – pictured above – would look great!

[Original image via GP Update]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.