Sauber has been faced with “additional work we didn't need” as a result of Giedo van der Garde's crash in testing at Silverstone.
Van der Garde was on his final run of the test on Wednesday afternoon when he lost control exiting Copse and spun in to the barrier at high-speed. The car was heavily damaged – as was the barried which required repairing and brought the test to an early end – and head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall'Ara said it has made for a busy week for Sauber ahead of the German Grand Prix.
“The race and the test at Silverstone have left their marks on the team,” Dall'Ara said. “On one side there are positive achievements in terms of overall progress, and on the other hand the amount of wreckage we brought back poses additional work we didn't need in the preparation for the German Grand Prix.”
Van der Garde will drive for Sauber again in FP1 in Germany and he said he is confident of recovering with a good performance.
“For me it will be the first time running in an F1 car in Hockenheim,” van der Garde said. “As the track is fairly close to Holland, I hope to see some Dutch flags around the circuit. I like this track. I have raced there quite a lot in Formula 3, and my last time in Hockenheim was in 2012 for GP2. I got Pole Position, so I am looking forward to going back and to drive there for the first time with the C33.”