Sauber drivers Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein have commented on their Team Principle stepping down, shedding light on the inner workings of the team.
While it can't exactly be considered a shock, the dust is settling on Monisha Kaltenborn's announcement that she's stepping down as Team Principle of Sauber and the situation at Sauber is becoming clearer.
Wehrlein, it seems, was informed by Kaltenborn herself:
“I spoke to her on Tuesday evening when she called me,” explained Wehrlein. “I was obviously very surprised about it when she told me about what would happen. Coming to here obviously everyone is asking those questions and it feels different.”
Wehrlein indicated he had some understanding of the reasons by Kaltenborn’s dismissal, which came about so quickly the team has not yet appointed a replacement.
“I didn’t ask her for the perfect explanation because she doesn’t have to tell me the explanation,” he said. “She told me what will happen and what’s happening.”
Wehrlein has also praised Kaltenborn for standing by him throughout his injury at the start of the season, and ensuring he returned to the seat when he was ready.
Ericsson had, it seems, been informed not by Kaltenborn but the team owners about her departure.
“It’s nothing I’m involved with so I don’t know what’s been behind it,” he added. “For me it’s just the last couple of days I knew about it.”
Simulaneously, Sauber has been dousing the rumors that the team is helping Ericsson over Wehrlein.
“The owners and board of Sauber Motorsport AG take strong exception to speculative and widespread media reports today that our race drivers have not been, and are not being, treated equally,” it said.
“This is not only patently untrue, it would be contrary to the team’s absolute and longstanding commitment to fair competition.”
“These reports, attributed to anonymous ‘sources’, are highly detrimental to both Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein as well as to the management and all staff of the Sauber F1 team.”
Sauber are currently sitting in 9th place on the constructors' table ahead of McLaren thanks for Wehrlein's 8th place finish in Spain, while Ericsson remains pointless.
To suggest they are favouring Ericsson over Wehrlein would suggest their ability to "aid" one driver over another is in a pretty sorry state.