Peter Sauber has again hinted that he still plans to walk away from the pit wall in the next few years.

Peter Sauber has once again hinted he will retire in the coming years The long-time team boss called off his retirement at the end of last year when BMW decided to withdraw from Formula 1, leaving the entire infrastructure of the team he had set up at risk of collapse.

But in an interview with Le Matin newspaper, Herr Sauber is setting up a succession plan with a view to hitting the golf course with his wife in the not-too-distant future.

No aged 67, Sauber told the paper: “I always said I didn’t want to be sitting on the pit wall with my headphones on at 70. I stand by what I said.

“But I’m going to stay at least until we are able to stabilise the team in a financial sense,” he added.

And the recently confirmed arrival of Telmex as a title sponsor will have helped no end, leaving Sauber with the interesting task of choosing a new colour decal for his car to support Telmex’s corporate colours, which are predominantly light blue.

“I knew we wouldn’t find a sponsor this year. And unfortunately BMW gave us a car that was painted completely white, which made things boring difficult,” he added.

“Next year we will have sponsors, without which [the team] would not be viable.”

Sauber has not indicated whether such a succession plan would involve handing over the reins via an internal transfer, or if he would look to sell the team to a potential investor.

[Original image via LAT]

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