Sauber’s new C34 chassis has passed crash test

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Sauber’s new C34 chassis has passed its crash test, the team has confirmed Thursday.

Sauber has its drivers confirmed, in Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, but they’ll have several other elements to confirm over the winter.

Team contract disputes have been in the news with 2014 Sauber driver Adrian Sutil and reserve Giedo van der Garde, with both claiming they had valid contracts with the team. Publicly anyway, these have not been settled.

Additionally, with Esteban Gutierrez and Telmex moving to Ferrari, Sauber has commercial elements to figure out for 2015.

Assuming Ericsson and/or Nasr’s personal sponsors take up residence on the C34, we could see a livery change from the gray of the last several years to better feature those backers.

Having the new car pass its crash test is of course a good start to the offseason for the team.