The Spanish Grand Prix marks the beginning of the European season, and with the beginning of the European season usually means upgrade packages for teams. However, the finances of Sauber are delaying the development of the C35.

Speaking on Thursday about the problems happening behind the scenes with the Swiss team, Felipe Nasr has suggested that there are plans for upgrades to come, although due to financial problems it’s unclear when we will see them.

“Difficult times, that’s the reality for us right now but it is what it is,” Nasr said.

“I’m sure the team is trying hard to improve on the situation, we have updates planned for the car but for them to be done we need the financial resources. So we’ll see, as I said it’s a track where at least we have a good knowledge and a good baseline here, so we just have to put things together and do what we can and see where we end up.

“We had a plan between round seven and ten to bring some updates, but I don’t know what the latest situation is.”

Sauber does have a lifeline this weekend thanks to Ferrari, as they’ll receive the upgraded power unit that Ferrari introduced last round at the Russian Grand Prix, but the uncertainty of Sauber’s financial situation does start to play a bit on the mind of Nasr.

“It’s not easy, it’s a challenge for sure, not only for myself but for the whole team. All I try and do is to give them the best I can as a driver to support our engineers and mechanics, it’s a tough time for everyone.

“All we can do is be positive and use all the tools we have in our hands to maximise any chance that might appear in front of us. Let’s see, at least we have the Ferrari update and if it does bring us something then it’s a positive.”

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