It has been confirmed that Ferrari will continue to supply Sauber F1 Team with engines for the foreseeable future despite the Swiss team encountering some financial difficulties in the past few months.
Sauber had appeared to be on the verge of financial ruin earlier this year, but it was confirmed that fresh investment had been secured via a number of Russian companies on the condition that eighteen-year-old Sergey Sirotkin was given a full-time race seat for next season.
Although it was assumed that Sauber and Ferrari would extend their partnership into a fifth season in 2014, the news was not made official until today.
“We are proud to extend our relationship with such a prestigious and renowned brand and look forward to entering the 2014 season with a strong and reliable partner like Ferrari,” team principal Monisha Kaltenborn explained.
This confirms that Ferrari will have two customer teams in 2014, also supplying backmarkers Marussia with power units. Scuderia Toro Rosso have opted to switch to Renault engines in order to be closer to ‘parent’ team Red Bull, thus ending their current deal with Ferrari at the end of the season.
Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.
Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.
Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.
A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.
A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.
Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.