Sauber: We will be in F1 for ‘many years to come’

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Peter Sauber is confident that his team will be in Formula One “for many years” despite the team reportedly needing $30m to make it to the end of the season.

Speaking to Swiss publication Blick, Sauber admitted that some investment was needed but he is confident that the money will be found.

“We will not only see out this season to the end, but we will still be in Formula One for many years,” Sauber explained. “I am convinced. The negotiations which we have been involved are close to reaching a conclusion. I’m convinced that we will succeed in getting a rescue.”

Sauber made no secret of how serious the situation was, but he rubbished reports stating that employees at Hinwil had not been paid.

“The situation is serious. It is one of the most difficult situations since I’ve been in motorsport,” the team boss explained.

“For many, we’ve been a very good and a very reliable partner for years. Obviously I’m sorry for any supplier who has had to wait for his money. We have not had to lay anyone off yet and have paid wages on time.”

Sauber’s optimism will sooth many fans of the team, and the fact that negotiations are ‘reaching a conclusion’ will please many in Formula One who are keen on seeing the team enter its twentieth year in F1 next season.

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.