There have been a few hints recently that Felipe Nasr could leave Sauber at the end of the year.
Recently taken over by a new Swiss consortium, Sauber now have a new financial footing. Despite denials, links have been found between those backers and driver Marcus Ericsson, which should give him a drive at the team for the next season. Felipe Nasr on the other hand has been vocal about the performance of the team regardless of the financial position, which at times has looked precarious at best until the recent takeover. Even his own drive looked at doubt at times.
With Sauber already looking for a ‘title sponsor’, the best they can claim at the moment is Nasr’s backers Banco de Brasil with the most prominent name on the car. The very need of trying to find a title sponsor would then doubt how prominent that would be in the future. It is unclear what title sponsorship that could be, but you would be surprised if it was Brazilian given the current economy.
It has appeared that Nasr’s manager, Steve Robertson has been talking to Haas – likely as a replacement for Esteban Gutierrez. The Mexican was dropped from Sauber in 2014 for not performing, and has endured a difficult debut season with the new American team. He does come with backing from Ferrari though, a large partner for the outfit and would be unlikely for him to return to Sauber.
The middle order driver line ups is no doubt going to be determined by Sergio Perez and Jenson Button, both linked to Williams.