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.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, Motorsport Guides and WTF1. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.