Sauber have revealed their new F1 car – the C37.
The new livery comes as a result of Sauber’s new partnership with Alfa Romeo, and is similar to the one seen at the event where the team announced the deal in December. The car also features sponsorship from Richard Mille and Carrera, who join as ‘premium partners’.
Speaking ahead of the launch, Team Principal Frederic Vasseur warned that the latest-spec Ferrari engine may not be the answer to all of their troubles. Speaking to racer.com, the Frenchman says he believes the aero department of the team needs improvement:
“For sure in terms of performance it [the engine] will be a step forward. That’s dependent on the track, dependent on the conditions but it will be a step forward for sure. This step forward will allow the team to be part of the fight and this is important. But to be honest, it was not the biggest issue we saw so far. We are working a lot on the aero and we are recruiting a lot in the aero department and we know that we have to do a step forward. I think we are doing it. I don’t know if it will be enough but we are improving.”
Marcus Ericsson is joined by 2017 F2 champion Charles Leclerc at the team for the new season. Sauber finished last in the Constructors’ Championship last season, with Pascal Wehrlein amassing all of the team’s five points.
Nicky Haldenby is a 24 year old Formula One blogger from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. He graduated from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature and founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in March 2016. Nicky also writes for Badger GP and can be heard regularly as a guest on the Last Lap Podcast.