Sauber has officially passed the 2014 homologation test with its new C33 chassis. Good news for the veteran Swiss team.
“The chassis of the C33 has passed all static and dynamic tests of the FIA and is officially homologated. The rear crash test, which is not part of the chassis homologation, will take place separately at a later date, as usual,” the team revealed via Twitter this a.m.
Things the team did not reveal? Any trace of the car itself (as could be expected), or anyone who will drive it in 2014.
There’s four potential candidates for the team’s two seats, with Adrian Sutil and Sergey Sirotkin appearing the most likely pairing at this point according to various media reports. Sirotkin still needs approval for his FIA Superlicence, and if that happens he’ll join Russian countryman and fellow rookie Daniil Kvyat on the grid.
Others who remain in play are 2013 Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez and as of this morning, Sutil’s 2013 Force India teammate Paul di Resta. Di Resta though, said his manager had only a brief chat with Sauber, and that he’s likely leaning toward DTM.
Sergio Perez, Sauber driver in 2011-’12, appears headed to Force India to replace di Resta alongside Nico Hulkenberg, who was confirmed last week.
Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.
Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.
Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.
A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.
A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.
Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.