Sauber set to extend Ferrari engine deal

The Sauber team is set to extend its deal with Ferrari in order to guarantee a supply of customer engines from the Italian team for the next three years, according to this week's Autosport magazine

Sauber set to extend Ferrari engine deal

The Swiss outfit has used Ferrari powerplants for the last two years and although it has another year still to run on its existing contract, it is thought that team boss Peter Sauber is keen to secure the longer term future of his team.

The Hinwil-based squad is having its most competitive year to date this season with young drivers Nick Heidfeld and Kimi Raikkonen regularly qualifying in the top 10. The pair are currently seventh and eighth in the drivers' standings.

The extended deal could be announced as early as this weekend's German Grand Prix and would keep Ferrari power in the Sauber cars until the end of 2004.

Despite missing last week's low downforce test at Monza in favour of preparation for next month's Hungarian GP, Sauber is optimistic about its chances at Hockenheim.

"The C20 has a very good downforce-to-drag ratio for high-speed circuits," said Heidfeld. "I am looking forward to a good performance this weekend."

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