Sauber set to keep Red Bull backing

The Sauber Formula 1 team is expected to keep its main sponsor Red Bull beyond the end of the year, despite ructions between the Swiss outfit and chief shareholder in the energy drink company Dieter Mateschitz, according to this week's Autosport magazine

Sauber set to keep Red Bull backing

Red Bull backing has appeared on Sauber cars since 1995, but the relationship looked set to turn sour at the end of last year over a disagreement on driver choice.

Mateschitz, who owns a majority share in the Sauber team, wanted the second seat alongside Nick Heidfeld to go to Enrique Bernoldi, rather than Kimi Raikkonen who was signed by team boss Peter Sauber.

Mateschitz continued to provide backing for Bernoldi and eventually helped to secure the young Brazilian's drive with Arrows which has Red Bull sponsorship this year, as well as Sauber.

Following Sauber's performance so far this season, Red Bull is expected to continue its title sponsorship with the Hinwil-based team, as well as its involvement with Arrows.

Raikkonen and Heidfeld have scored points in all but one race so far this year and Sauber currently lies fifth in the constructors' championship, only six points behind Williams.

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