Sauber is now looking to get the maximum out of the C32 for the remaining two races.
Nico Hülkenberg: "We were able to be in the top ten all weekend and I am confident this will continue to be the case tomorrow as well.”
While it appears Sauber has two young drivers with the cash flow, the Russian may not be ready for Formula One, leaving a spot for Hulkenberg to remain with the team.
According to Blick newspaper, Hulkenberg and his manager Werner Heinz are having "sleepless nights".
Red Bull driver fastest in shortened final practice ahead of team-mate Mark Webber.