Global Motorsport Media
Sixth in Formula One is not usually a sexy battle, but for three midfield teams in 2011 it is a hard-charging scrap for no less than $9 million.
Behind them, Force India, Sauber and Toro Rosso are all separated by less than 20 points, and the ultimate prize is nearly $10 million according to the income distribution system of the Concorde Agreement, Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports.
The report said Sauber have pushed forward developments of the 2012 C31 car to debut this weekend at Suzuka.
"We will move heaven and hell for this sixth place," said team boss Peter Sauber.
We will move heaven and hell for this sixth place
At Toro Rosso, the Faenza based team has been doing more crash tests in order to debut new nose and sidepod developments as soon as possible.
"We have taken a step forward. I think we can try to attack Sauber and try to finish the championship in front of them," Jaime Alguersuari told Marca sports newspaper.