Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has played down claims that they were on the verge of going bankrupt before three Russian companies came to their rescue.
Kaltenborn revealed at the start of July that they were struggling financially while the Hinwil squad's owner Peter Sauber admitted the predicament they found themselves in was "embarrassing". The team, though, secured its long-term future a few weeks later by signing sponsorship deals with three Russian entities.
Despite their struggles, Kaltenborn says they were never close to bankruptcy and were confident they would find financial backers.
"Because of the extent and scope of this deal, we knew it would take a while, so we didn't really get too depressed or disturbed by what was being written," she said.
"We focused on getting our deal done. We've been working with these partners for a while. It wouldn't be right for us to think that 'if we don't get this, we can't survive'. We've gone through tough times before and we know we can survive."
Teenager Sergey Sirotkin was added to the Sauber development programme and he is set to be handed a race seat next year as part of the deal with the three Russian companies.
The move means current reserve driver Robyn Frijns, who has lost his GP2 seat with Hilmer Motorsport due to sponsorship issues, is likely to be left high and dry.
"He's [Frijns] in a difficult situation now, clearly," she added. "At this stage in his career, he really needs mileage and experience. We're going to sit down with him very shortly and discuss the situation."