Formula One: Sauber planning improvements

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Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has revealed that their car is set for a “very extensive” aerodynamic package ahead of testing in Bahrain later this month.

The Swiss-based team are also hoping to improve their new C33’s braking system in time for the back-to-back testing.

At the first testing event in Jerez, they rolled out a basic version of their car and spent four days on track trying to complete as many laps as possible.

They did better than some expected completing 163 laps, compared to leaders Mercedes on 309 and Red Bull’s 21. Many teams struggled with their new cars during the first-four days of testing, but Sauber managed to pick up some vital data which will be crucial to the rest of the campaign.

After the Jerez testing, new signing Adrian Sutil confirmed that the car’s aerodynamics was the team’s next target and Kalternborn has echoed his comments.

She has confirmed the car will now hopefully start to evolve ahead of the first testing at Bahrain which gets underway on February 19. The team principal also confirmed the team struggled to get to grips with the new brake-by-wire system and they are planning to improve the problem before the start of the new season.

Kaltenborn told the Sauber website: “Fundamentally it’s a very extensive package. We plan to have most of the parts on the car for the first test in Bahrain.

“This includes new front and rear wings, side pod deflectors, as well as several other small elements on the car. A few other parts will follow for the second test in Bahrain.”

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