Sauber are set to bring further updates for the C32 car to the Singapore Grand Prix as the team looks to salvage something from the 2013 season.
The Swiss outfit has failed to impress so far this season, scoring just seventeen points and currently lying eighth in the constructors’ championship. Nico Hulkenberg has led the team’s charge, scoring all of the points so far and recording a best finish of fifth at last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. However, as Sauber look to catch Toro Rosso in the standings, further updates are being brought to Singapore.
“We will bring a further update package to Singapore that should help us to continue fighting for championship points,” Sauber’s head of track engineering Tom McCullough explained in the team’s grand prix preview.
The high-speed nature of Monza seemed to suit Sauber, but with the Marina Bay Street Circuit being a maximum downforce track, the team could struggle.
“Singapore requires a totally different setup philosophy compared to Monza,” McCullough continued. “The circuit efficiency sees a return to our maximum downforce level similar to Monaco. The track is dominated by tight, low-speed corners and this is the area that the mechanical and aero set-up is optimised around.”
Also hoping to impress in Singapore is Esteban Gutierrez, having failed to score his first points in Formula One since debuting at the beginning of the season. The race is renowned for having a high rate of attrition, meaning that drivers who may usually finish outside of the points could take advantage of any retirements and work their way into the top ten.
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Junqueira (above) back in action. Photo: Getty Images
Diaz (right) is another prototype class veteran, with recent PC experience (8Star Motorsports and PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports) added to his LMP2 days with Fernandez Racing.
All three of them also competed in Champ Car World Series races in Mexico City, with Gonzalez and Diaz part of a six-Mexican driver entry in the 2003 race (Adrian Fernandez, Michel Jourdain Jr., Mario Dominguez and Rodolfo Lavin).
Ricardo Gonzalez co-drives the No. 43 RGR Sport Ligier JS P2 Nissan with Bruno Senna and Filipe Albuquerque in the WEC.
Around two-thirds of the Formula E grid also race in the WEC, with the two championships preventing clashes so that drivers do not have to pick between them. As a result, it seems inevitable that one of the races will have to change date.
Jolyon Palmer felt “gutted” after a likely top-10 finish in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix was lost following a spin in the closing stages, costing him his first Formula 1 points.
2014 GP2 champion Palmer joined Renault for its return to F1 as a constructor in 2016, but arrived in Hungary without a point to his name from the opening 10 races of the season.
Palmer was left disappointed on Saturday after a red flag knocked him out of qualifying at the first hurdle, but a long first stint brought him into contention for points.
Palmer moved into the top 10 after jumping Nico Hulkenberg in the pits, only for Renault’s hard work to be undone when he spun off at Turn 4, losing three positions in the process.
The Briton was ultimately classified 12th after Esteban Gutierrez’s time penalty, extending his points drought to 11 races.
“I’m gutted as my first points in Formula 1 were there for the taking,” Palmer said.
“The car was good and I was driving well within myself in P10. I turned in the same as normal at turn four – I wasn’t hanging everything out and I was looking after the tires – but for some reason I lost the car in a massive snap.
“I need to look at everything with my engineers to see if there is anything we could have done to prevent it.
“I was running tenth, we had completed all our pit stops, we had good pace relative to those ahead and behind so it looks like we’ve made a real step forward this weekend.
“It was the best drive of my career today and just one small spin took away those points.
“I’m gutted today but I’ll be fighting to get in the same position or better in Hockenheim.”