7 days inside Sauber’s wind tunnel – in just 3 minutes (VIDEO)

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Formula One fans don’t always get to see what happens inside the wind tunnel while their favorite teams collect valuable data from their chassis that can translate to better performance

So, it’s pretty neat that Sauber has released a time-lapse clip that condenses one week’s worth of wind tunnel testing into a more manageable three minutes.

As Sauber head of aerodynamics Willem Toet explains, the clip is “slightly old” so don’t expect to see a model of the current C33 machine being raced by Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez.

But it’s still a fascinating clip of a part of the F1 world that can often be a secretive one. Toet explains the capabilities of the tunnel, which allows testing to become, in his words, “almost like a miniature version of a Grand Prix simulation.”

Back in the present, Sauber’s duo of Sutil and Gutierrez will look to improve upon quiet performances at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. See if they can do it at the Malaysian Grand Prix this Sunday morning at 3:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

Marco Andretti to drive throwback scheme to honor 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario’s last win

Photo courtesy Andretti-Herta Autosport
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Marco Andretti wanted to do something really special to honor the 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario Andretti’s final Indy car win in 1993 at Phoenix International Raceway (now known as ISM Raceway).

So the third-generation Andretti, along with his team, Andretti-Herta Autosport, came up with a plan and design that will take longtime race fans back in time when it appears early next month for the Phoenix Grand Prix.

Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K/Curb Honda will be decked out in the colors of the car his grandfather won his last race on the one-mile short track 25 years ago.

“When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board,” Marco Andretti said in a media release. “The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up.

“It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”

The car is a virtual double of the legendary Newman-Haas Racing and Texaco/Havoline-sponsored car Mario drove on that celebratory day in the Valley of the Sun 2 ½ decades ago.

Various events and ceremonies during the April 6-7 race weekend will honor the senior Andretti. That includes several of his former competitors who will be on hand to celebrate with Mario, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Arie Luyendyk, and of course, son Michael Andretti and grandson Marco Andretti.

Check out what happened on that day 25 years ago:

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