Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone says he is worried about the Super Aguri team, as the squad look set to find out this week if they have raced in Formula One for the last time.
A meeting with backers Honda in Japan on Wednesday could decide the future of the struggling tail-enders after they limped through the first European grand prix of the season in Spain.
"They don't look in very good shape at the moment, unfortunately," Ecclestone told Reuters at the Circuit de Catalunya.
"I want them to stay, I've been helping them the last week," he added.
Former racer Aguri Suzuki told reporters that the meeting was set to be a key point in the battle to save the team that he founded and brought into Formula One in 2006.
The team said last week that they were continuing discussions with potential investors but the odds appear stacked against them after the collapse of a takeover deal involving Dubai International Capital (DIC) and the Magma group.
Fears that Super Aguri would not be able to compete in Spain proved unfounded but the next race in Turkey may still be a step too far.