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.