F1 »

F1 British GP: Pressure mounts on Sauber after Manor success

Pascal Wehrlein's top ten finish in Austria gives minnows Manor a welcome boost, but adds pressure to the struggling Sauber team.
Marcus Ericsson has admitted Sauber faces a challenge to avoid finishing last in the 2016 Formula 1 constructors' standings after rivals Manor got itself off the mark with a top ten result in the Austrian Grand Prix.

A tenth place finish by Pascal Wehrlein at the Red Bull Ring marks only the second time in Manor's history that it has cracked the points, in turn lifting it ahead of Sauber in the constructors' standings with 11 rounds of the season remaining.

Mirroring their battle for the all-important ninth spot in the 2014 constructors' standings – which Manor (Marussia) won after Sauber suffered its first ever point-less campaign -, Ericsson admits the Swiss outfit faces a challenge to claim top ten finishes with a car that he says has received no updates since it was rolled out in pre-season testing.

“It's going to be difficult because always in Formula One if you're starting from behind it's difficult to catch up because everyone is steadily improving. Still we have the same car as we had on day one of testing in Barcelona so I think we some upgrades hopefully for us that can be a bigger step than for other people bringing smaller updates. Let's hope so.”

Though cash-strapped Sauber is rumoured to have acquired the investment it needs to guarantee its future for the time being, it confirmed this week that it will skip the upcoming two-day Silverstone F1 test because its planned update isn't ready. For Ericsson, that update could prove crucial to whether it can overhaul Manor in 2016.

“I mean, it's great for them [Manor] but not so nice for us,” the Swede said. “Of course it's a bit frustrating, we're fighting with them but they were strong all weekend and that's the way it is. We cannot be frustrated at them scoring, we need to be frustrated at us being so slow. So we need to look at ourselves and work harder and improve.

“I think we need to get some updates going and on the car and if we get that I think hopefully we can be back in a position where we can fight for points.”
by Ollie Barstow

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
01.07.2016 - Free Practice 2, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C35
01.07.2016 - Free Practice 2, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C35
01.07.2016 - Free Practice 2, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C35
01.07.2016 - Free Practice 2, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C35
Valtteri Bottas, Nico Rosberg
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Motorsport in 30 Seconds, 11th January 2017
Ayrton Senna - McLaren. 1993 Donington Park
Nico Hulkenberg - Renault Sport F1
Renault Formula One Team, launch date, [Credit: Renault F1]
Force India reveals the launch date for its 2017 F1 challenge
Nigel Mansell - McLaren-Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
M-Sport reveals its Ford Fiesta RS WRC challenger
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


July 07, 2016 10:07 AM

Until they ditch Monisha they won't move to far forwards, if they have 'secured' investment then the investors would be well served getting in someone who knows how to run an F1 team.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.