Sauber will head to Bahrain for the second Formula 1 pre-season test with a number of changes to their aerodynamic package and their new C33’s braking system after a mixed four days in Jerez. The Swiss-based team went with a basic version of their 2014 car at opening test in Spain, focusing on getting plenty of mileage under the belts in a bid to test the car’s all-new systems rather than the on-track performance many Betfair visitors will have been looking closely at.
New signing Adrian Sutil highlighted the need to improve the car’s aerodynamics after a number of issues during their four days at Jerez and Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn has revealed there will be a few modifications made ahead of the Bahrain tests, the first of which begins on February 19. The team will be hoping to head to the first race of the year in Australia in as good a shape as they can be.
Sauber racked up the fifth-highest mileage amongst the teams at Jerez, with their Maranello marque’s V6 power unit producing some promising results in terms of reliability from the start of their time in Spain – giving some Betfair punters enough evidence to back the team to be possible outsiders this season.
“Fundamentally it’s a very extensive package. We plan to have most of the parts on the car for the first test in Bahrain,” said Kaltenborn.
“This includes new front and rear wings, side pod deflectors, as well as several other small elements on the car. A few other parts will follow for the second test in Bahrain.”
Despite a promising opening test, Sauber have been written off by many Betfair fans ahead of the new season. While the team have been given long odds in the constructors’ championship, drivers Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez aren’t expected to be challenging for many podiums throughout the year.