As Frederic Vasseur takes over as Sauber F1’s new team principal for his first race with the Swiss outfit this weekend at the Hungarian GP, the team is set to bring in a significant aerodynamic update to boost performance.
Earlier in the season, Sauber introduced a new floor and sidepod deflectors as part of their first big update that came around the time of the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix. They were also supposed to bring updates to the British GP which didn’t materialise.
In order to keep themselves ahead of McLaren Honda who slowly seem to be getting their act together, this major aero update is crucial for Sauber’s performance.
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“I don’t know exactly what the upgrade will be but it should be a good step”, said Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson. “Hungary is a track where any downforce we can get is going to help you and is not that efficient for engines.
“So it could be a chance for us, if we get another step from the upgrade, we could be in the mix.
“When we got the car working like at Silverstone in the race, we could keep similar pace to the Haas cars and Vandoorne wasn’t much faster. We are not too bad when we get our car together.”
“Hopefully, in Hungary where it is a bit less engine efficient, we can be a bit more efficient”, said Ericsson referring to the engine power deficit Sauber have due to running last year’s Ferrari engine.
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– Aditya Bhat.