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.
Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has dominated all weekend long at the Monaco Grand Prix, leading every single practice session prior to qualifying.
And qualifying was more of the same for the Australian driver, whose quick lap in Q3 came in at 1:10.810, a new track record, to take the pole by more than two tenths of a second over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Meanwhile, Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen endured a much more difficult day, which started with a hard crash in FP3.
Verstappen’s Red Bull RB14 suffered extensive damage to the right side, and even more damage was later found in the car’s gearbox. Such repairs ultimately proved too time consuming, and Verstappen will start Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix from last.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton filled out the top three by qualifying third, with Ferrari and Mercedes also taking the fourth and fifth spots on the grid, with Kimi Raikkonen in fourth and Valtteri Bottas in fifth.
Force India’s Esteban Ocon, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, and Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. take up spots six, seven, and eight on the grid. Sergio Perez made it two Force Indias in Q3, qualifying ninth, while Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly qualified tenth.
Full qualifying results are below. Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix kicks off at 9:00 a.m. ET.