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.