Even with $14 million in his hand, reigning GP2 champion Fabio Leimer could not buy his way into formula one.
The 25-year-old Swiss, who will instead race sports cars in 2014, was healthily backed by his wealthy long-time sponsor Rainer Gantenbein.
The veteran correspondent for Blick newspaper, Roger Benoit, claims Gantenbein offered Sauber almost $14 million in exchange for one of the Hinwil based team's race seats this year.
But Leimer has reportedly told some insiders that Sauber's counter-proposal was no less than $28 million -- slightly less than what Esteban Gutierrez's Mexican backers pay.
Instead, Sauber signed the experienced Adrian Sutil to be Gutierrez's new teammate.
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