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Sport More than 'one or two years' before midfield return - Sauber

18:00  13 march  2018
18:00  13 march  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Ericsson: Sauber has made the 'biggest change' of all the teams

  Ericsson: Sauber has made the 'biggest change' of all the teams Marcus Ericsson believes his Alfa Romeo Sauber Formula 1 team has made the biggest changes for the 2018 season. Ericsson continues with Sauber for a fourth consecutive season, partnering 2017 Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc. The team has begun a new technical partnership with the Italian car manufacturer, as well as adopting a current power unit after spending 2017 with a year-old engine. “Obviously some teams have changed power unit manufacturer so they will have had to change some things, but I think just looking purely at the car side I think we have made the biggest change,” Ericsson said. “We have changed so much both mechanically and aerodynamically. “We have a two-year newer engine, so we’re probably the ones that have the newest or most different package.” Ericsson admitted that the team may not be able to extract the maximum from its car, considering the radical design change compared to last year’s car. “Yeah that is a risk,” Ericsson admitted, “because we have such a different concept compared to last year we need every lap we can get to understand it. “We can already see there is a lot of potential in it, but we need to have time to sort of explore the different set-up options and see how the car reacts to these kinds of things and we haven’t really been able to do that much this week. “So of course for a team like us it’s not great to have this kind of weather, but next week is supposed to be good and then we need to try and do as many laps as possible and just make the most of it.” Sauber was slowest of all the teams in the opening week of testing but was fourth in the mileage charts.

Nevertheless, Zander, who returns to F 1 after two years working on Audi's Le Mans project, is targeting a car capable of solid midfield results. " I want to see a clear improvement compared to last year," he told the Sauber website.

More ESPN. Nevertheless, Zander, who returns to F 1 after two years working on Audi's Le Mans project, is targeting a car capable of solid midfield results. " I want to see a clear improvement compared to last year," he told the Sauber website.

a close up of a motorcycle: F1 Winter Testing in Barcelona - Day Two © Mark Thompson/Getty Images Sport F1 Winter Testing in Barcelona - Day Two

Sauber team principal Frederic Vasseur has suggested that it will take more than “one or two years” for the team to return to Formula 1’s competitive midfield.

Embarking on its first year with newly signed title sponsor Alfa Romeo, Sauber has been optimistic that it can improve upon the performance shown during a 2017 season in which it finished last in the constructors’ championship.

The team’s 2018 challenger, the C37, is a heavily redesigned car versus its predecessor. The closer ties with Ferrari courtesy of the Alfa Romeo tie-up means that the team is now powered by current specification Ferrari engines.

Tatiana Calderon could become F1's first woman driver in 42 years after Colombian is named as Sauber test driver

  Tatiana Calderon could become F1's first woman driver in 42 years after Colombian is named as Sauber test driver The Columbian has been promoted from Development Driver to Test Driver ahead of the 2018 seasonColombian Calderon has been promoted from Development Driver to Test Driver at Alfa Romeo Sauber ahead of the 2018 season.

More ESPN. Nevertheless, Zander, who returns to F 1 after two years working on Audi's Le Mans project, is targeting a car capable of solid midfield results. " I want to see a clear improvement compared to last year," he told the Sauber website.

Two -car finish objective. Gutierrez is yet to finish a race after his return to F 1 with Haas at the start of 2016. He started small but the man can create success anywhere. I give it within the next 7 years before Haas wins a This is not the case at many teams such as Manor, Sauber , and even Williams.

However, Vasseur has stated that a return to the midfield battle will not be instantaneous and that the team and title sponsor are being pragmatic when setting expectations.

“It’s going to be a mid-term project to be in the midfield, it won’t be in one year or two years,” he said.

“Look also at Force India for a good reference and a good project. They were more than at the back. They built up something very strong. They were consistently fifth, fourth in the last two or three seasons. But it took 10 years for them to be at this pace.

“We have started at the back and far away at the back. We have to be realistic. I know perfectly that it will take time to deliver and to improve.

“I don’t want to say that we don’t have to deliver next week. We have to be better next week than today. We have to be better in Bahrain than in Melbourne.”

Calderon promoted to Sauber F1 test driver

  Calderon promoted to Sauber F1 test driver Sauber Formula 1 team has promoted GP3 racer Tatiana Calderon to the position of its official test driver. The 24-year-old served as Sauber’s ‘development driver’ during 2017 alongside her second GP3 campaign. This year will see Calderon in an expanded role, dovetailed with her third season in GP3, this year with Jenzer Motorsport. “This collaboration will build upon the experience that I have gained as development driver with the team over the past year,” she said. “I have been able to substantially expand and develop my skills as a race driver and I am convinced that I will be doing so throughout this year.” Antonio Giovinazzi is the team’s reserve driver and will participate in six FP1 sessions with the team this year. While this may mean Calderon will miss out on making her grand prix weekend debut, she is scheduled to drive an old-spec Sauber F1 car at some point during the year. Sauber team principal Frederic Vasseur says he was impressed with her progress over 2017, which warranted an extension of their partnership. “Tatiana is a very hard-working person, who has impressed the team with her focus and dedication,” Vasseur said. “She has made good progress as a driver, developing both her mental and physical capacities continuously over the past few years.” Calderon has scored points on four occasions in GP3 and earned a podium in her one-off outing in the now-defunct World Series V8 3.5 Championship in Bahrain last year.

He did two races with Sauber at the start of the 2017 season and is Ferrari’s official reserve driver this season. Bit like Sauber before the big sackingscreen occurred. According to Marchionne’s words this Sauber connection could become more than that.

Nevertheless, Zander, who returns to F 1 after two years working on Audi's Le Mans project, is targeting a car capable of solid midfield results. " I want to see a clear improvement compared to last year," he told the Sauber website.

Sauber’s progress has recently been hindered by financial concerns, with the team struggling for resources as a result. The Alfa Romeo partnership brings greater financial stability to the team.

As a result, Sauber has recently been able to recruit more personnel. In September last year, the team had a workforce of 320 people. Vasseur now estimates that number to be around 400 personnel, with that figure anticipated to grow to 450 during the year.

“It’s not easy, and you have to do it step by step,” said Vasseur of the recruitment process. “You have to eat and digest and eat and digest. You have to take 20 guys and reorganise a bit the company, then 20 guys more.

“We have to do it step by step. Renault did it in the last 18 months and we will be able to do it in the future.”

F1 2018 Preview: Can Sauber drop its perennial backmarker status? .
It can sometimes feel that the stand-out feature of Sauber is quite how forgettable it can be. Without the resourcefulness of Force India, the world champion production line of Toro Rosso or the flashes of brilliance of Williams, Sauber all too often fades into the background. In recent years it’s been its financial problems that have made the headlines rather than its on-track success. In the team’s 24-year history its achieved only 10 podiums, the latest of which was way back in 2012. But maybe that’s all about to change. An increased relationship with Ferrari fuels hopes for improvement. For 2018 Sauber has secured the most anticipated up-and-coming talent since Max Verstappen burst onto the scene. Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc conquered GP3 in 2016 in his debut season and went on to do the same in Formula 2 last year. There’s an air of expectation surrounding the 20-year-old and real excitement about what he could do. On the other side of the garage, Marcus Ericsson has been retained by the team for a fourth season, providing experience and continuity, if not tremendous pace, for the team. There is also hope that Leclerc might have machinery somewhat worthy of his talent. The 2018 challenger is quite different aerodynamically from its predecessor and the team is optimistic that they can improve compared to its 2017 performance. Also for the new season Sauber will be using the same engines as Ferrari, rather than the year-old ones they ran in 2017.

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