Sauber plans significant upgrades and weight loss for Spain

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After a disastrous start to the 2014 F1 season, Sauber is planning a significant upgrade that it hopes will propel drivers Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez to their first points of the year.

The team has so far recorded a best result of 11th and 12th at the opening race of the season in Australia. However, since then, Sutil has failed to finish a race, whilst Gutierrez has seen the checkered flag just once with P16 in China. They may have had their fair share of bad luck, but neither driver has ever looked capable of scoring points, but the upgrades planned for the Spanish Grand Prix could remedy this.

“At the Spanish Grand Prix both C33s will have essential revisions, following an extensive weight reduction and a significant aerodynamic update,” head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall’Ara explained.

“This update consists of a modified front wing and a new engine cover, new sidepod fins and deflectors, as well as a number of other aerodynamic changes.

“Besides that, we will also have a software improvement which will enable us to use the potential of the power unit in a better way.”

Each and every team will bring its first significant upgrade to the race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, but Dall’Ara is still confident that Sauber’s will be good enough to put the team back into the top ten.

“We very much look forward to converting everyone’s efforts into improved lap times,” he said. “However, we know that all the other teams are progressing as well, so it will be interesting to see where we stand. We will certainly do our best in order to race for points.”

Test driver Giedo van der Garde is set to take part in the first free practice session once again, deputizing for Gutierrez.

After a poor start to the season, Sauber will be hoping that the return to Europe can mark an upturn in fortunes, a bit of luck, and – crucially – some points.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

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