It appears that $14M is not enough anymore to buy a Formula One seat, even in a second-tier team. And even for a GP2 champion.
Schumacher admitted he is worriedly watching the situation from the sidelines.
So this should be interesting when the car is launched..
Did Ecclestone finance team's bailout?
According Force India's sporting director Otmar Szafnauer, Pirelli's mid-season tyre specification switch badly hurt some teams like Force India.
The 41-year-old Brazilian Rubens Barrichello is a shock contender to race alongside the highly inexperienced Sergey Sirotkin at Sauber next year.
Martin Whitmarsh: "There will be some new sponsors."
It was reported that Sauber is also working on a version of a kind of active suspension hydraulically-controlled.
According to Blick newspaper, Hulkenberg and his manager Werner Heinz are having "sleepless nights".
Drivers mood differs after both appeared to be on the 2014 market.
After over 40 staff were shown the exit this week, arguably the most nervous drivers in the Hockenheim paddock are wearing green.