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Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015

Ericsson: Points were in the bag

Marcus Ericsson said he was disappointed to miss out on a return to the points paying positions after he was classified in 11th place at the British Grand Prix. Ericsson was running in the points at Silverstone but changed to Intermediate tyres early and lost track position, eventually coming home behind McLaren's Fernando Alonso. "It is disappointing to miss out on points when we had it in the bag for quite a long time," he said. "The first half of the race was reasonable. I […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Smith joins Sauber as technical director

Sauber has confirmed that Mark Smith has been appointed as the squad's new technical director. Smith has extensive experience in Formula 1, having occupied similar roles with Jordan, Force India, Red Bull and most recently Caterham. Smith will begin his duties on July 13 and will fit into the existing structure at the Swiss team. "When I saw the facilities for the first time in Hinwil, I immediately realised the possibilities I would have," Smith said. "The wind tunnel, the supercomputer and the machine shop […]

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015

Marciello receives Silverstone practice run

Sauber reserve driver Raffaele Marciello will receive another practice outing with the squad at this weekend's British Grand Prix. Marciello, 20, drove the C34-Ferrari during practice in Malaysia and Spain and has also participated in two test days for the squad. The Ferrari junior will replace Marcus Ericsson for Friday's opening 90 minute practice session. "In general I like fast tracks; Silverstone is one of my favourites," he said. "The Becketts section particularly is always a challenge. I am pleased to again be driving the […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sauber must find solution for brakes - Nasr

Felipe Nasr says Sauber must find a solution for his braking issues as he was again plagued by problems during the Austrian Grand Prix. Nasr voiced his lack of confidence with an adapted braking approach in Monaco and Canada and the Brazilian was hampered by issues in Austria, leading to his 11th place finish. "I am disappointed with the result," he said. "I struggled a lot with overheating brakes. I was not able to brake properly, therefore it was difficult to defend my position. Looking […]

Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2015

Ericsson handed two penalty points for false start

Marcus Ericsson has been handed two penalty points for his false start at the Austrian Grand Prix. Ericsson jumped the start and was given a drive through penalty, along with a further two points on his licence. His sanction brings his running total to five, having copped three points at last year's Italian Grand Prix. A driver will receive a one-race suspension if they collect 12 points within the space of a year. Ericsson finished the Austrian Grand Prix down in 13th position after being […]

Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Braking ability crucial for Nasr

Felipe Nasr says that he needs to improve the feel of the brakes on his Sauber C34 if he is to be competitive at this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix. Having claimed ninth in Monaco, Nasr slumped to 16th in Canada as he struggled with the revised braking material used by the Swiss team. Nasr says that his priority during Friday's practice session in Austria is to re-find his feel with the brakes, or else he will revert back to an old set-up. "I’ve been running […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sauber set for wait after challenging races

Sauber is braced for a difficult few races until a major upgrade package arrives in time for the Belgian Grand Prix later this summer. Sauber started the season brightly, with Felipe Nasr claiming fifth on his debut in Australia while Marcus Ericsson backed up that result with his first Formula 1 points by placing eighth. Further points followed at the Chinese Grand Prix but since that race they have scored points only once, courtesy of Nasr's ninth place result in Monaco. Following its point-less campaign […]

Posted on Monday, June 15, 2015

Marciello gets Austria test outing

Ferrari youngster Raffaele Marciello will receive another test outing with Sauber at next week’s running following the Austrian Grand Prix. Marciello, 20, tested for both Ferrari and Sauber in Barcelona last month, having occupied a reserve role with the Swiss team in 2015. Those duties have also enabled Marciello to participate in practice sessions in Malaysia and Spain, alongside his participation in this year’s GP2 Championship. Marciello will pilot the Ferrari-powered Sauber C34 on the first day of testing next Tuesday. With Marcus Ericsson having […]

Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2015

Nasr hoping Sauber has improved traction

Felipe Nasr expects Sauber to be competitive at the Canadian Grand Prix but believes that the Swiss team needs to work on improving traction. Nasr claimed ninth position in Monaco but experienced difficulties in getting tyres up to temperature, which exacerbated Sauber's weaknesses. "I think this is one of the very few tracks that suits the characteristics of the car, especially with the long straights here, but one point we’ve been seeing is our traction is not that great compared to our competitors and in […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Nasr wary of Sauber limitations

Felipe Nasr reckons Sauber will have to wit until Formula 1's summer break before it can realistically compete for points on a regular basis. Nasr claimed fifth on his debut in Australia and added more points with eighth in China, but failed to score in either Bahrain or Spain. "From what I hear we are waiting on a bigger update to come maybe after the break, hopefully we can bring more downforce on the car and improve the whole package," he said. "Until there I'm […]

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Marciello cops blame for testing accident

Raffaele Marciello accepted responsibility for a testing accident which compromised Sauber's programme at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Wednesday. Marciello, who had tested for Ferrari on the previous day, lost control of the Sauber C34 at Turn 3 early in the day and skated into the gravel, before making light contact with the barriers. "I lost the car and crashed," he admitted. "Luckily it was not big, just the front wing. We were doing some constant speed tests so the tyre temperatures were going down […]

Posted on Friday, May 8, 2015

Rear tyres hurting Sauber - Nasr

Felipe Nasr says that Sauber is being hindered by overusing its rear tyres around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Nasr set the 15th quickest time in the afternoon session in Spain, ahead only of team-mate Marcus Ericsson and rivals Force India and Manor. "We didn’t bring any major updates for the car so it was expected to have things a bit more difficult," he said. "Main thing is the rear tyres overheating by our car not having enough downforce and you wear the rear tyres, when […]