Team founder Peter Sauber has defended Monisha Kaltenborn following the legal battle the Swiss squad was involved in during the Australian Grand Prix weekend.
Sauber did not take part in the opening practice session as the court fight with Giedo van der Garde continued following days of uncertainty about who would driver Sauber's cars in Australia.
Kaltenborn managed to settle the courtroom dispute with the disgruntled Dutch driver, even though the saga is likely to now roll into Malaysia.
Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson enjoyed a great weekend, finishing fifth and eighth in the race.
"Without Monisha Kaltenborn there would be no Sauber," Sauber told the Neue Zercher Zeitung newspaper.
"I would not have bought the team back (from BMW) six years ago if she had not declared her willingness to participate.
"It was a joint decision, and for me I was very, very lucky to have her in this position.
"Many other teams in the paddock would also be very lucky to have this woman."