Vasseur confirms Matsushita test to go ahead
28 July 2017 – Sauber Team Principal Frédéric Vasseur has confirmed that Nobuharu Matsushita's maiden Formula 1 test with the team will still take place next week.
Sauber announced earlier this week that Honda-backed Matsushita, who competes in F2, will pilot the Sauber C36-Ferrari during the in-season test at the Hungaroring.
Matsushita's outing prompted speculation that he could be in the running for a 2018 seat at Sauber, with the Swiss outfit having agreed to run Honda power units next year.
However, after weeks of rumours, Sauber and Honda confirmed on Thursday that its planned partnership next year had been abandoned, amid differences over the direction of both parties.
Vasseur, though, has insisted that Matsushita's test will go ahead as planned.
"We took a commitment with Honda on this a couple of months ago, I don't remember the date as it was not me at this stage," Vasseur said in his first press gathering as Sauber's new team boss.
"We have to respect the words first, for Honda and for Matsushita, so he will be in the car next week."
Matsushita's F2 rival Gustav Malja will also test for Sauber next week.