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Sauber to debut 2016 car at second F1 test

Sauber's 2016 F1 challenger - the C35 Ferrari - will turn its first wheel at the second F1 test in Spain, it is confirmed.
Sauber has confirmed it plans to give its challenger for the 2016 F1 season, the C35, its first mileage at the second test in Spain.

The Swiss team, which finished eighth in the 2015 constructors standings with a best finish of fifth place, have confirmed to Crash.net that it run last year's C34 car at the first four-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya – which kicks off on 22nd February -, albeit in the latest livery.

The move will put some pressure on Sauber ahead of the new season following the move to reduce pre-season testing from 12 days to 8 days. As a result, the Ferrari-powered C35 will only have four days of mileage under its belt when it arrives in Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix curtain raiser.

Despite this, Sauber heads into the 2016 season with an unchanged driver line-up, with Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson. It is yet to confirm whether Raffaele Marciello will be retained as its test and reserve driver.



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Vincero

January 18, 2016 5:16 PM

Wonder if that will be the old (pre-C35) car but with the newer Ferrari power spec Sauber will be using for 2016 or still running with the 2015 power level.... Bad sign overall though - they may end up being the next slowest team after Manor (yeah they have Merc engines now but I doubt their chassis development will move them that far forward).

ZEDX

January 20, 2016 12:27 PM

I can see Sauber having the embarrassing situations that Lotus faced last year... food & drinks handed-out by other teams, baliffs trying to impound equipment & cars. If they do "luck-in" to some points, I don't think it will be more than single figures and probably not enough to see them on the grid for '017. I'm not convinced Nasr & Ericsson are top-drawer or macho enough drivers to wring a few extra tenths out of the car or bang fists until improvements are made they want.



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