Ecclestone: Formula One needs Sauber

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Amidst Sauber’s current financial troubles, Bernie Ecclestone has said that he doesn’t want to think of Formula One without the Swiss team that has become a mainstay of the sport since 1993.

“I don’t want to imagine F1 without Sauber,” Ecclestone told SRF. “Ideally, they will find new sponsors in the long term.”

Sauber recently confirmed that they have failed to pay suppliers, whilst Nico Hulkenberg, now in talks with Lotus, is rumored to have been released from his contract after the team failed to keep to the agreement.

Many businessmen have been linked to buying the team, although Nicolas Todt has ruled out any investment. However, it is thought that Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich could invest in the team as part of his club’s link with Sauber, but nothing has been concerned.

Regardless, Ecclestone is confident that a resolution will be found.

“They’re a good team and I’m sure there is more than one possible buyer,” Ecclestone said. “Even companies who are willing to support them in the short term would be fine. The team deserves to be helped.”

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.