Reports link Sauber with Mexican investors

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Helu, one of the world's richest men, smiles during a panel discussion about Latin America at the Clinton Global Initiative September 27, 2007 in New York.  (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Carlos Slim Helu

Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Helú

Aug.6 (GMM) Reports are linking Sauber with a significant Mexican investment.

In the wake of former owner BMW’s F1 departure, the Swiss team has been running a mainly blank livery in 2010, whilst working hard on securing a full budget for next season.

Recent paddock rumours have hinted at talks with Carlos Slim Helú, the Mexican billionaire, who as of April 2010 was allegedly the wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of around US$60.6 billion

Slim’s Telmex company already sponsors Sergio Perez in GP2, but already under contract at Sauber is another Mexican, the teenaged GP3 driver Esteban Gutierrez.

“We think he’s a very promising talent and we’ll continue with him,” said Sauber’s managing director Monisha Kaltenborn recently.

Her boss Peter Sauber told Auto Bild Motorsport: “We need an investor, we need sponsors, I need to bring stability to the team. I do not want to sell.”

  • Bec

    With an Austin GP on the horizon, Mexican interest seems to be on the up, however Carlos Slim has been linked many times with F1, but is still yet to do anything.