Sauber have announced that they will not be joining the rest of the F1 grid during in-season testing at Silverstone next week after the upcoming British Grand Prix.
The cash-strapped outfit cited it will be too costly for them and would rather save their resources for race weekends.
Adding to their disappointment, the team also won’t be able to gather any information on a new aero package that they were set to test, moving back its’ introduction to later in the season.
Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenbron has made no secret of their current financial situation, while team manager Beat Zehnder is confident that the team will continue putting in a 100% effort regardless.
“For any details you have to ask Monisha,” Zehnder explained.
“Obviously there is a change in atmosphere because now everyone believes again that there is a future.
“The crucial thing was not to give up and I think we can be very proud of our team here on the track and at home that kept on pushing in our very limited areas.
“There was always light at the end of the tunnel.
“But as you know Switzerland has just opened the longest railway tunnel in the world – the light was always there, the tunnel was just massively long. The tunnel is getting shorter now.”
It is also worth noting that Sauber missed the Barcelona in-season testing earlier in the year.