The Sauber F1 Team is to trial several new development parts at the Chinese Grand Prix next weekend, it has been confirmed.
The Swiss-based squad opened its account for the 2013 F1 season in Malaysia last month - after Nico Hulkenberg came home eighth in his Ferrari-powered C32 - and following the short break, the team has been pushing to ensure it continues to progress.
“We analysed the data that we collected in Malaysia and found interesting directions for the development of the car,” said Tom McCullough, Sauber's head of track engineering, “therefore we will bring several test parts to Shanghai.”
“The Shanghai circuit has a good mix of low, medium and high speed corners. The track has several technical sections where corners lead straight into further corners requiring a good car balance and precise driving.
“The smooth track surface and typically low track temperatures have a significant impact on how the tyres perform – especially at the start of the race weekend whilst the track is cleaning up.
“Pirelli have allocated the Soft and Medium compounds which is the first time we have this pairing this season.
“Having secured our first points of the season in Malaysia, we are now eager to add to them as soon as possible,” he concluded.