Pedro de la Rosa has admitted that Sauber needs some sponsors for 2010 in order to direct more resources developing its C29 car.

Pedro de la Rosa The team’s stark black-and-white livery is rather comparable to that of a poor Formula 3000 team, so bereft it is of sponsors! Worse still, the former BMW-owned outfit is struggling with woeful reliability and pace!

Despite team boss Peter Sauber offering assurances that his team has the necessary funding to see it through 2010, de la Rosa described the team’s lack of sponsors as “a very important point”.

"With each day it is more difficult to find backers for 2010, but without finances a normal development of the car is hardly possible," the former McLaren test driver told Blick.

"There have been too many engine problems, and at the rear of the car something is not right – it is too unstable,” he added, when asked about the problems encountered with his 2010 charge.

"We simply must believe in our abilities and those of our new technical boss James Key. And also that luck might be with us sometimes as well."

De la Rosa admitted that his return to full-time F1 racing hadn’t quite gone to plan as yet, despite the pre-season testing promise shown by the Swiss team.

"I knew that with Sauber, difficult work was awaiting me. But after the tests in February I didn’t think it would be quite so hard,” he said.

I hate to say it, but just how long before Pedro is turfed for a well-healed driver? Can I hear the Argentine government in the distance, willing to bribe bankroll José María López into another F1 seat?

[Image via The Cahier Archive]

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