Sauber announces January 26 online launch

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Sauber has taken the lead in the race for privateers to reveal their 2014 chassis. The Hinwil, Switzerland-based team will feature a live online launch on January 26 for the new C33-Ferrari. Interviews with team principal Monisha Kaltenborn, drivers Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil, and chief designer Eric Gandelin will be available on the team’s YouTube channel.

Here’s the list of confirmed launch dates as it stands:

  • January 24: McLaren – online
  • January 25: Ferrari – online
  • January 26: Sauber – online
  • January 28: Red Bull – Jerez, Mercedes – Jerez, Caterham – Jerez

And as a teaser to Sauber’s launch, here’s a video produced by the team of Sutil’s seat fitting:

SMP Racing unveils BR1 LMP1 car in Bahrain ahead of WEC entry

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SMP Racing has publicly unveiled its new BR1 LMP1 car that will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2018.

SMP Racing opted to pull out of racing full-time in the WEC for 2017 in order to focus on its preparations for an LMP1 entry the following year, with the decision being taken long in advance of Porsche’s exit announcement.

Officials from the Russian-backed SMP Racing, as well as drivers including recent IndyCar racer Mikhail Aleshin (sporting a broken arm in a sling), Vitaly Petrov and Sergey Sirotkin were all on hand to unveil the car on Friday in the Bahrain International Circuit paddock ahead of this weekend’s WEC finale.

The BR Engineering BR1 features a Dallara chassis and an AER engine, and has completed over 2,000 km in private testing, with further running set to be completed in the coming weeks.

SMP Racing plans to field two cars in the WEC’s LMP1 class next year, and is keen to get as many Russian drivers as possible in the seats from its wide pool of talent.

Even with Porsche’s departure from LMP1, the class is set to feature a bigger field thanks to the increased number of privateers moving up, with Toyota set to remain the sole manufacturer in the class.