F1 2015 team preview: Sauber F1 Team (VIDEO)

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Sauber F1 Team

Drivers
No. 9 Marcus Ericsson
No. 12 Felipe Nasr

First Race: 1993 South African Grand Prix
Grands Prix: 384
Pole Positions: 
1
Fastest Laps: 
5
Race Wins: 
1
Best Constructors’ Championship Finish: 
2nd (2007 as BMW Sauber)
2014 Championship Result: 
10th (0 points)

Sauber’s heyday in partnership with BMW seems so long ago now. After stumbling through 2013 amid financial uncertainty, 2014 went down as the worst season in the Swiss team’s history. The C33 car gave Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez little chance of scoring points, but when opportunities did present themselves – such as in Monaco and Hungary – mistakes were made. It was nothing short of a disastrous year on track, and a troublesome one off it too.

2015 looks to hold better things in terms of pace, with the C34 turning heads during pre-season testing. With the rest of the field taking a step forwards, points may still be hard to come by, but a race of attrition could give drivers Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson a chance to squeeze into the top ten.

That said, one of the two may not even be racing this weekend in Australia. Giedo van der Garde worked as the team’s test driver last year, and had a contract that said he would race for the team 2015. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Victoria said that Sauber must race him this weekend, with the team set to appeal on Thursday. Hopefully this won’t be a sign of things to come for Sauber. F1 needs the small teams.

MARCUS ERICSSON No. 9

Ericsson is one of the few people to have emerged from the mess at Caterham in 2014 better off than he was when he started with the team. The Swede put in a number of quietly impressive displays in the troublesome CT05, proving to be more than a match for teammate Kamui Kobayashi and tying with what will forever be the team’s best ever result by finishing 11th at Monaco. It will be interesting to see just what he can do with Sauber this year, as there is still plenty more to come from the ex-GP2 racer.

FELIPE NASR No. 12

The Brazilian almost peaked too early in testing, with soft tire glory runs at Jerez earning him and the Sauber team a number of positive headlines. Nasr’s preseason testing accident with former Williams testing teammate Susie Wolff in Barcelona was an inglorious moment to say the least. Still, Nasr is a capable enough driver to have earned his promotion to F1. Beating teammate Marcus Ericsson on a semi-regular basis and getting into the minor placings must be the goal in his maiden season.

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:


Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change