Sauber not expecting engine updates until Spa

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Felipe Nasr has revealed that Sauber is not expecting to have any updates for its power unit until the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August.

For this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, Ferrari is known to have used some of its engine development tokens to upgrade its power unit and make improvements.

Despite being one of Ferrari’s customer teams, Sauber is not set to receive any of the updates until the race at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps at the end of August according to Nasr.

“Ferrari is getting a new update on the engine but we are not getting it here,” Nasr said. “Probably we will get it at Spa.

“For now we have the same spec as we have been using all year. I’m still using the same one as I was in Monaco. We plan to have the new update at Spa.”

However, the Brazilian is still confident that Sauber will fare well in Canada this weekend due to the nature of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

“I think this is one of the very few tracks that suits the characteristics of the car, especially with the long straights here,” Nasr said.

“But one point we’ve been seeing is our traction is not that great compared to our competitors and in Montreal you have a lot of slow speed corners and exits so we’ve been working on that. So far I think that’s what I expect.”

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