As one of the few remaining private teams in Formula One, Sauber has had its ups and downs and finances are always more of a problem than for the big teams. Jacques Villeneuve, who joined the Swiss squad this season, previously raced with teams...
As one of the few remaining private teams in Formula One, Sauber has had its ups and downs and finances are always more of a problem than for the big teams. Jacques Villeneuve, who joined the Swiss squad this season, previously raced with teams such as Williams and BAR, where money is not so tight, and although he believes Sauber is a good team, it could do with a bit more cash.
"The infrastructure is there, we just need bigger budgets now," he said. "We have a lack of resources. We have a great wind tunnel but we don't spend enough time in it. We can't design new suspension to try just for the sake of them. You have the car for the whole year and you don't test much."
However, Villeneuve thinks Sauber makes good use of its limited resources. "I've always been in teams where budget was not a problem, where we could get the parts we wanted and if we had idea we could just try them," he added. "It's a bit of a different approach but the team makes an amazing use of the budget they have."
"With this amount of budget other teams would do less, it is very efficient but it would be good to keep this level of efficiency with more money. I've never worked with a team with this level of resources compared to the others, even in Formula Three. Of course it takes getting used to because if one area for you is a problem it will be harder to fix it."
Sauber has been struggling against the top teams this year, with Villeneuve and teammate Felipe Massa picking up just seven points between them so far. Unfortunately for Sauber, the old adage of 'it's not what you've got but what you do with it that counts' is not much comfort. In F1, where money is concerned, size really does matter.