F1 » de la Rosa: Sauber isn't going to 'do a Brawn'

F1 returnee Pedro de la Rosa reveals that he is aiming for consistency and 'solid points' in 2010 - and plays down suggestions that off the back of strong pre-season testing form, independent outfit Sauber can surprise the grandee teams like Brawn GP did twelve months ago

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Duncan Snowden - Unregistered

March 03, 2010 5:15 PM

I haven't seen anything to suggest they will.

But what Brawn showed is that an unsponsored car at the start of the season doesn't necessarily mean a struggling, dying team. And I think Sauber could underline that point. Although they won't have come up with a Brawn-esque once-in-a-decade stroke of genius, like Brawn they still have the infrastructure of a manufacturer team behind them: BMW's data and computer systems, the Hinwil windtunnel, most of the people, etc. are all still there. Money may become a problem as the season progresses (or it may not) but what they have to work with right now is probably little different to what they'd have had if BMW had stayed.

I expect them to be, well, Sauber: nothing spectacular, but nothing disastrous either.


March 03, 2010 10:37 PM

Well everything he says is 300% correct, especially about the regs, there isn't space for massive innovations like there was for Brawn last year and the DD has been exploited to it's max.

On the positive side, I predict a huge turnaround...after all he does have no. 22 on his car and will therefore win the WDC :D


March 04, 2010 10:46 AM


Brawn was already there at Honda for the whole year they developed last year's car, so the car was his responsibility.

I think Ross Brawn is overrated, but at the same time, his job is to make teams win races and he managed to do just that more than enough, so regardless of whether or not he's personally responsible for the succes/is the genious people think he is, I think he deserves credit for doing his job well.

James Montgomery

March 04, 2010 10:53 AM

The car doesnt look that bad actually!

Just the team now have a 39 year old who hasnt done racing for a couple of years and a "kamakazi" rookie.... I do think the car has potential, but will take the drivers a couple of races just to get settled down!

kperez - Unregistered

March 04, 2010 7:26 PM

To date Sauber has looked very strong in the training runs, albeit difficult to interprete due to variable fuel loads. That said, they have averaged around #3 spot on fastest lap times and it is true I do not think DeLaRosa has the speed, Kobay does and has consistantly outdistanced him. Sauber will not vie for the top spot but will be closer than some of you think... and you can take that to the bank!

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