While Formula 1 and its new owners expect greater development and a return to the golden times, they are also aware of the additional problems that still stand in the way of their success. The Sauber and Force India teams have initiated proceedings before the EU Competition Commission due to different treatment of individual teams in the distribution of Formula 1 money. If they succeed, all concluded contracts will be invalid and the division will start anew. By signing a contract with Formula One Management, the teams have committed themselves to maintaining their position until 2020, thus securing additional funding under this title. If the Competition Commission thinks that some teams, such as Ferrari, have an advantage over others because they get more money and thus cause unfair competition, then everyone will agree.
Sauber has named Mark Smith as the new CTO. The Briton has previously played this role with other teams, including Caterham, Force Indio and Red Bull, and will start working in Hinwil on July XNUMXth. He is currently preparing to move from Oxfordshire to Switzerland with his wife and two children. Smith will become part of the team’s existing technical work and will also be in charge of overlapping tasks and allowing members space to be able to fully focus on their field of work. "As soon as I first saw the facilities in Hinwil, I sensed the options I would have. All the equipment is at a high technical level, as well as the team's capabilities. These facts were compelling reasons to help make the decision. Sauber's potential is great, and that in itself n
Monisha Kaltenborn, head of the Sauber team, urges manufacturers to lower the cost of powertrains and not to go again to change the rules in this area in 2017. Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said last week that it is urgent to put an end to V6 engines and return to V8. He later added that he would also accept staying on the current ones in case the costs of these were manageable. Currently, teams that get engines from manufacturers deduct around £ XNUMX million a year, which is a big share of the total budget for teams at the start of the starting line-up. "As a team that doesn't just build powertrains, their cost is very important to us. Engines have always been a big expense and for many years we tried to get away from that, but we got back to where we were,"
Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn admitted that she did not expect such a big step forward from Ferrari's engine unit for this season. Namely, Ferrari seems to be the second best manufacturer of engines in Formula One, right behind Mercedes, which it came quite close to this year. Ferrari in particular have progressed over Renault, with some saying they have taken a step forward over the winter that should be worth somewhere around a second per lap, if not more. Kaltenborn says: "They took a really big step forward, they did a fantastic job and pleasantly surprised us. It's never all on the car, you have to arrange the whole chain, all the parts and put together the right package." Of course, it's not just wishes, but after last season, when Sauber didn't win any points, now the team is already after the first one
Sauber has released the first photos of its new C34 race car with a Ferrari powertrain, clad in blue and yellow. Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr will race with him as a completely renewed racing team. During development, engineers focused on three key areas: performance in slow corners, reducing the weight of the car, and stability in braking. The new car is characterized by a changed shape of the nose, which was introduced after a change in technical rules regarding height and shape, a narrower side, a smaller rear end and a changed layout of refrigerators. Monisha Kaltenborn, head of the team, said before the tests in Jerez: "The 2014 season was a disappointment, but it's a thing of the past. Now we're focusing on what's coming. We've learned a lot from mistakes and we're confident
Ferrari protégé Raffaele Marciello has joined Sauber as a test and reserve racer for the 2015 season. The 20-year-old Italian already has some experience with Formula 1 cars as he tested with Ferrari in November in Abu Dhabi. He will combine his tasks with appearing in the GP2 Series Championship, where he won once in 2014 and won four podiums, making him eighth in the race standings. "I am very pleased to have become a member of the Sauber team, which has worked with many great drivers in its history. In my opinion, this is the best decision for my future career. I am happy to be able to compete in GP2, which will be next season made it extra filled in terms of time.I thank Ferrari’s racing academy for offering me such a pr
Adrian Sutil believed that he would get a new multi-year contract with the Sauber team, but the latter canceled both of this year's racers. Instead of Sutil, Felipe Nasr joined the team, who will race alongside Marcus Ericsson. Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn confirmed: "We have announced both racers for the upcoming season and I do not believe we will be racing with more than two racers in the coming season." both names of our racers for seozno 2015. If more discussions are needed, we will talk internally. I myself have made it clear what our position is, I know what I am doing. The names are known, we will clarify everything else internally. "Finally, Kaltenborn commented on Sergei Sirotkin:" Ner believes
All 11 teams of the Formula One caravan have finally known engine suppliers for the upcoming season when we look at the new V6 turbo engines. The latter, as said, decided at Sauber, where they stayed with the Italian units from Maranello. The team has been performing with Ferrari engines since 2010, when the contract was terminated with BMW, which they had previously used between 1997 and 2005. Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn said: “We are proud to confirm the extension of the contract with Ferrari, which means prestige for us. We are looking forward to the coming year, which will be revolutionary in terms of motor skills. ”So, according to these words, Ferrari and Sauber remain partners for many years.
Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn has confirmed the near-successful conclusion of negotiations with Ferrari. Of course, these are Ferrari engines that Sauber wants to continue using after a successful four years, but the problem is, as always, money. Namely, Sauber is already late with payments to Ferrari for this year's generators, but they have received three large sponsors from Russia, which will soon solve this dilemma. "We want to continue working with Ferrari and I have to say that we are almost at the end of the contract extension agreement," said Monisha, who added: "We will probably be able to confirm the official extension of our cooperation with Ferrari during the Italian racing weekend." So obviously these are just details that will be resolved soon and maybe in addition to the engines another one will be known
The 17-year-old Russian visited Sauber's factory for the first time these days, where he met the team and, of course, measured the seat. The young racer has yet to obtain a super license, but on September XNUMX, the first taste of a Formula One car awaits him. Sirotkin will be in Sočje, where the racetrack is still under construction for some demo rides. Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn said: "We are looking forward to demo rides next month, as it will be something special when the Russian racer will drive on the Russian track in Sochi for the first time." very tiring, so tiring was the visit to Sauber’s factory: “I work very hard and work hard to make it work. Now I measured the seat, met the team and the engineers who explained to me some details of the racing weekend.