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Putin is the champion Head Sauber Frederic Vasseur believes that their new Alliance with the Alfa Romeo will make the team more attractive.Frederic Vasseur "Alfa Romeo is not just a question of sponsorship, it's more than a partnership. This means that we will be much more attractive for media, for sponsors. But it's a huge motivation for the team to get such an iconic brand".
Team Sauber fourth car introduced in 2018. The novelty according to the tradition received index C37.
In 2014, team Williams have switched to Mercedes engines and gained a title sponsor in the face of the Martini. Behind the wheel of the car under the number "19" villages Felipe Massa.Massa debuted in Formula 1 in 2002 as part Sauber. Since 2006, the Brazilian played for Ferrari, but in recent years, his results began to fall, and politely asked to leave Maranello. Williams gave Felipe a new chance, and he literally got a second wind.
The former head of the Sauber Moniz, Kaltenborn creates a new team to race in Formula 4 in Italy and Germany.The team will be called the KDC Racing after her business partner Emily di Comberti. The team will start with a Swiss licence and will be based near Barcelona.Monisha Kaltenborn "motor racing was and still is my big passion. I occupy a responsible position for nearly 20 years, so for me it is logical to continue to work as a leader.I see Formula-4 as an exciting new racing series in which there is a great potential and future.There were all the organizational, personnel and financial prerequisites. We have already enlisted a well-known sponsors, and soon we will be able to inform you about our pilots.My main responsibility will be to prepare talented young drivers for a future career in Formula 1. My experience in the Royal races here will be useful".
The Sauber team decided on the date of the presentation of the new machine C37. The event will be held on February 20 at a base in Henville.Previously, the Swiss team presented a title sponsor. They became Italian brand Alfa Romeo.In the new season, Sauber will be Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclere, a protege of Ferrari. Spare pilot presumed Antonio Giovinazzi.
In 1993, Mercedes decided to return to Formula 1 after nearly 40-year hiatus and as a partner chose the Sauber team, which has already achieved success at Le Mans. The first pilot was Carl Wendlinger, received the starting number "29".At the time, Wendlinger was a member of the youth team along with Mercedes and Michael Schumacher were on the prototypes Sauber. In Formula 1 the Austrian fell at the end of 1991, becoming a pilot Leyton House/March. By the time the Sauber on account of 24-year-old Charles already had 16 starts.
Mercedes has refused to support Pascal Wehrlein. This year, the German left without a seat at Sauber, will become a test pilot with Mercedes.Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes team "We are working with Pascal since 2013. He got the opportunity to prove himself in Formula 1 after 2015 became the champion of the DTM. He spent two difficult seasons in Manor and Sauber, but, nevertheless, will stay in the Mercedes family - in the season of 2018 he'll be our test pilot. In 2019 we will try to return it in the race."Wehrlein had taken part in the tests Mercedes. Obviously, this season he will not only be a test pilot, but the reserve pilot of the German team.
Head Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that he deliberately refused to cooperate with Honda.Frederic Vasseur "I joined the team on July 17 at 9 a.m., and the meeting with Honda was at 10 am. It was important to me. It is difficult to change the supplier of engines, but Honda at the time was not in very good shape.Plus, and probably the most important thing for me was that we were linked with McLaren contract for the supply of gearboxes. I was convinced because I had some contacts in McLaren that they will do everything possible to leave. Therefore, I could not risk the contract with Honda. Imagine if I had to request the gearbox from McLaren Honda. It would be an absolute nightmare."As you know, after the meeting with Honda Vasser decided to terminate the contract with the Japanese minders. This year Sauber will use Ferrari power plant.
Pilot Sauber Marcus Ericsson has stated that he is waiting for his chance, which may appear with Alfa Romeo.Marcus Ericsson "2017 was difficult but we worked hard and made good progress at the end of the season. I'm happy with how we improved at the end of the season, although the first half was quite difficult.I was able to develop as a pilot, has reached a new level of aerobatics. It will be useful for the team.The partnership with Alfa Romeo is a great opportunity for me and the team. To me it looks a big chance after years of work. This will be my fourth season with the team, and I look forward to the opportunity to prove himself."Over the last two years Ericsson has not earned any points.
The pilot Force India Sergio Perez said that he wants to achieve in his career more than it has now.Sergio Perez "I showed what I can do in Formula 1, but I want more and I feel I can give a lot more than was shown so far. In 2019 there will be many changes in the teams, it will be important to be fast from the beginning of this season.Team McLaren appeared in my career too early, I wasn't ready for it. I believe in the Formula 1, where everyone sees what you are doing on the track. Over the years in this championship I was able to earn a good reputation the fastest pilot. It should work on me."Perez made his debut in Formula 1 in 2011 in the composition Sauber and after two good results won a seat in a top team McLaren, where he spent only one season. 2014 Sergio stands for Force India.
Antonio Giovinazzi, who worked as a reserve pilot Ferrari last year, admitted that he did not know, what will his successor Daniil Kvyat.Antonio Giovinazzi "I raced with Cuatom in karting, and now he is in Ferrari. But I don't know what he will do. Maybe we'll work together."Giovinazzi, remains part of the family Ferrari, but this year he will be a reserve pilot Sauber.
Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne said that it would be great if the Haas team will be able to negotiate with the Maserati.Sergio Marchionne "I'm not sure whether this company is to work with Formula E. as for possible cooperation, you should try to organize a joint project with Haas in Formula 1. It will be a good project.We also have much experience in the American races, but we think about Indyar. Why not"Previously, the team Sauber announced the beginning of cooperation with the brand Alfa Romeo, which, like Maserati, owned concern Fiat. And Sauber, and Haas will use Ferrari engines.
Head Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that in the end the Swiss team may become a full stable of Alfa Romeo.Frederic Vasseur "the company Executives want to see a full team of Alfa Romeo. We now use Ferrari engines, but our goal is not to become a subsidiary, and the main Alfa Romeo team.However, between these two brands there will be a bridge in the form of pilots, and database testing.Personally, I do not see the options, how private the team can survive in Formula 1. Private teams can have a couple of great seasons. For example, as Force India at the moment. But the slightest hint of the crisis will destroy all the illusions.Thanks to the collaboration with Alfa Romeo, our team is on a steady course".
In 2001, the Sauber team for the first time was in the top four. Her best pilot was Nick Heidfeld, who performed on the car under the number "16".Career of nick, received in the Junior series the nickname "quick Nick" "Nick the Quick", supported by Mercedes, while tightly collaborated with McLaren. Thanks to Heidfeld in 1999 he became a test pilot "silver arrows". In 2000, the German with the support of Mercedes debuted as a prize pilot in the composition of Prost. A year later he found a place in the Sauber.In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Sauber team actively cooperated with Ferrari, the Swiss used transmissions and many other sites from Maranello, and badged Petronas hiding customer Ferrari engines. The chief designer Sergio Rinland in 2001 built a decent chassis C20, using a number of unusual solutions in aerodynamics and mechanics, including dvuhkilevoe mount front suspension.
Head Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that his team has made big bets on the young Charles LeClair, replaced by Pascal Wehrlein.Frederic Vasseur "Yes, we can expect great things from Charles, since he is the current champion of Formula-2. I think we made the right choice with this guy.With the Ferrari engine in 2018, we'll be able to assemble the machine, which will enable our pilot to fight for points. It will be a big step forward."Recall that a career LeClair supports Ferrari. Also the reserve pilot Sauber will be Antonio Giovinazzi, another protg of the Scuderia.
Managers Artem Markelov are in talks with Renault team regarding the contract backup pilot.Last season, Marcus played in Formula 2, won 5 races and became the Vice-champion, losing only to Charles LeClair, which this year makes its debut in Formula 1 in the Sauber. If Artem is going to get a contract with Renault, it is not excluded that the Russian will take part in several Friday practice.By the way, the canadian champion 1997 Jacques Villeneuve, who loves to criticize as his compatriot lance Stroll, Daniil Kvyat, saying that Russia has a good pilot Artem Markelov.Last year Renault reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin, who is expected to become a combat pilot Williams.
Chapter Sauber Frederic Vasseur said that the work on the car for the season-2018 is on track.Frederic Vasseur "Preparation of the machine of 2017 began with a six-month delay. In addition, we had to use last year's Ferrari engines, which is clearly not benefited.Things are different now, working on a new machine is on schedule. Of course, only the first tests at the end of February will show that we can expect".This year Sauber will use Ferrari engines last modifications. In addition, commercial and technical partner of the Swiss team will be made by the company Alfa Romeo.
The former head of the eponymous team Peter Zauber believes that his team can get along with the Italian brand.Peter Zauber "I like everything. The command does not change the right of ownership, Alfa Romeo - just a title sponsor and part of the team's name.I do not believe that Alfa Romeo will be able to sink Sauber. Perhaps because this company is from Italy, and all will be well, because Alfa Romeo is a name that invokes passion. For the team it is good because everything is organized CEO Sergio Marchionne, and he has a very good reputation in the automotive industry".
Director Haas Gunther Steiner said that his team can go on a rebranding, as the Sauber, so ready to negotiate with different sponsors, for example, with Maserati.Gunther Steiner "Why not We are always open for negotiation. If anyone has ideas, of course, we're interested. But is this our priority Maybe not.I believe that our priority is just to get sponsors. You see the same process in the other teams, big teams - even they are fighting for sponsors.And for us as a small team, it is even more difficult. And then we need to avoid too cheap for sponsors, because then you will never progress. If you sell yourself cheap, you will never get more from a machine".
In 2008 Sauber owned by BMW, and thanks to the cooperation with the Bavarian minders were able to challenge Ferrari and McLaren. As part of the Swiss team under the number "4" was made by Robert Kubica.Early in the season the pilots Ferrari and McLaren often made errors, allowing Kubica several times on the podium. And on the seventh stage in Canada Robert does win, then suddenly became the leader of the championship. But then problems and mistakes of rivals became less, and the results Sauber has fallen markedly in the remaining races pole only three times finished in the top three. In the end, Kubica finished the season in fourth position, behind Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen.
Pilot Sauber Marcus Ericsson said that the work with the chassis, done by his team to compensate for the lack of power really impressed him.Marcus Ericsson "Honestly, the team had no choice. They had to speak with the old power plants for various reasons.I think they were hoping that it would not be a big disadvantage, but immediately after hearing the news that Sauber are going to use the old engine, I realized that it would not be very good.Everyone remembered what happened to Toro Rosso, which used the old Ferrari engines in 2016, so we didn't expect a miracle. However, the work on modernization of the chassis was so effective that we could even earn points and compete at a good level early in the season. This is a spectacular result."All points for Sauber earned Pascal Wehrlein. The Ericsson never finished above 11th position.
Pascal Wehrlein has earned the only points for Sauber last season, but he was forced to leave the Swiss team.Frederick Wasser, the head of the Sauber "We could not leave Pascal because it supports career Mercedes. We begin working more closely with Ferrari, so it made sense to sign a contract with their pilot.And during the season Marcus Ericsson is often not inferior Wehrlein".Ericsson has maintained a place in the Sauber, and his partner in the new season will be Ferrari protege Charles Leclerc.
Former Sauber pilot Pascal Wehrlein said that in Barcelona he had the best race of the year.Pascal Wehrlein "From the point of view of result, Barcelona was the best race of the year, but probably in the second half of the season I also had a good race, but it was almost not seen on TV.Even if we had a good race in the second half of the season, you wouldn't be able to see it because the gap from the fastest teams was too big. For example, at Suzuka I was pretty fast but lagged far behind the others.I'm very happy to finish the season with five points. Not every race was as good as I wanted, but I think overall we did everything we could".In Spain Wehrlein finished eighth - it is the best result for Sauber in the season 2017.
The head of Renault's Cyril abiteboul said that one of the main problems of his team last season - pit-stops.Cyril abiteboul "the pit stops were one of the two big problems of the team this year. The second problem is reliability. So, this is one of the main tasks of winter, and we are going to reorganize the structure a bit to focus on this.We designed a new wheel nut for the next year, we don't want problems with the wheels."The Renault team finished the season in ninth place in the ranking of the DHL Fastest Pit Stop, ahead only of Sauber. The evaluation system of rewards is modeled by the same system of points and the championship for example 1st place - 25 points 2 - 18 points, etc., Renault scored just 8 points all season. For comparison, pit the Mercedes team has earned 472 points.
The past season was the 25th in the history of the Sauber. However, this round date Swiss team noted no less than round the tenth position in the constructors ' championship.In 2016, the team was in a difficult financial position, resulting in changed owners. Began restructuring Sauber, during which the post of team leader left Kaltenborn, and she was replaced by frdric Vasseur, who retired from Renault because of disagreements with Cyril Abiteboul. First, Vasser has made breach of contract with Honda, designed for the 2018 and signed, Kaltenborn, and announced the continuation of cooperation with Ferrari.Well, in the season-2017 Sauber had to use the power plant Ferrari of the sample 2016. The team decided to save money on engines, focusing on a robust chassis. And if in the beginning of the year the pilots Sauber were still able to compete with McLaren and Toro Rosso in the second half of the season they fought only among themselves.Thanks to sponsorship place in the Sauber has retained Marcus Ericsson. His partner became the protg of Mercedes Pascal Wehrlein. However, because of injuries received during the "Race of Champions", the German missed two steps, and he came on as sub Antonio Giovinazzi, reserve pilot Ferrari.At the fifth stage in Spain to Wehrlein managed to finish eighth, earning four points. Another point, Pascal got the tenth place in Azerbaijan. After that point balance Sauber did not change until the end of the season. Eriksson was in the shadow of Wehrlein, his best results were 11th place in Spain and Azerbaijan. With 5 points Sauber finished the season in tenth and last place.Despite the modest results, that Ericsson has again maintained a place in the Sauber, again, thanks to our sponsors and contacts in the guide. But instead of Wehrlein, who earned all points for the season 2018 took the Ferrari protg of Charles LeClair. Next year the team will get a newest power plant of the Ferrari, and sponsorship and technical assistance to Alfa Romeo, on paper, Sauber needs to significantly improve.
Pilot Sauber Charles LeClair admitted that he did not know, what results can we expect from him next season, which will become a Monegasque citizen debut in Formula 1.Charles Leclerc "I think it's pretty hard to make predictions. It is necessary to go to the track and see what car. In the Junior series all clear, since there the machines are the same. In Formula 1 it is very difficult to speculate and give predictions. We will see after the first test. As usual, I will try to do everything possible in the car, but it is really hard to say.We have a new engine - it should be a big step forward. I hope we will be able to take a step forward in the work with the machine. But it also depends on how big is a step ahead from the other teams. We still need to see".
Antonio Giovinazzi admitted that he did not lose hope for a better future, despite the lack of places in Formula 1 in 2018.Antonio Giovinazzi "Obviously, I was close to a contract with Sauber, and it was the best possibility, but there have made a different choice.However, I will not give up. Even last year I started working as a third pilot, and then made his debut, so I will try to work and maintain a Ferrari. Will see what happens.I had a surprise debut with Sauber, but I also worked a lot in the simulator at Maranello, helping the pilots Ferrari, and I tested the machine Sauber, Ferrari and Haas.Now I'm a pilot with lots of experience. Last season was exceptional for a Ferrari, we have reduced the backlog, and we work hard to make another step forward next year.I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to be in Formula 1, I don't want to win the title. It will be difficult, but I'm willing to give my all".
After the recently signed sponsorship deal with Alfa Romeo, Sauber is already increasing the number of specialists.Auto Motor und Sport reports that the Swiss team, who finished the season 2017, up to 20 new technical staff before the start of the tests in February.Frederic Vasseur "the First contracts were signed in November. Others will begin later. Some even help us only in the second half of the season-2018".
Robert Kubica's life was divided into two parts before and after the unfortunate accident in early 2011. But now he claims a place in Williams, and we decided to recall the development of career Polish pilot.2006 2005 Kubica with a huge advantage won the World series by Renault, for which he received a reward in the form of test driving the French Formula 1 race car. Many of the teams drew attention to Robert, but the first contract test pilot for 21-year-old pole has signed with BMW-Sauber. He trusted the tests and Friday practice, during which he showed good results. All went to the fact that in the season of 2007, Kubica will become a combat pilot of this team.However, the debut took place in 2006 when leader of the BMW-Sauber Jacques Villeneuve fell out with the leadership and left the team. In the first race in Hungary Robert ahead in qualifying experienced partner nick Heidfeld finished seventh, but from-for underweight and was disqualified. But a month later, at the Grand Prix of Italy in Monza, Kubica climbed to the third step of the podium.