Sauber has followed Ferrari and Red Bull as the latest team to signal its intention to leave the Formula One Teams Association – leaving the organisation further weakened.
With HRT having left long ago FOTA now has eight members among the 12 teams.
The Swiss outfit told its fellow members three days before yesterday’s meeting in England.
A spokesperson told this writer tonight: “The Sauber F1 Team has declared its departure from FOTA last Friday. The team has informed FOTA about the reason for the decision.”
In the past Sauber has been known to often support Ferrari’s stance on political issues, but sources say that the team told its fellow members that this wasn’t the case.
Toro Rosso did not have a representative at Tuesday’s meeting, but there is no official word as to whether the Italian team is also on the way out. Given its Red Bull and Ferrari connections such a move would not be a huge surprise.