Sauber optimistic Ferrari upgrades will push team forward at Spa

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Sauber will look to increase its points haul at Spa this weekend, thanks to a couple targeted upgrades introduced by engine partner Ferrari.

A Spa-specific front wing and more powerful power unit are coming on board the the C34 chassis, driven by Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson.

“[We are] looking forward to stronger performances thanks to a number of upgrades that will be progressively introduced,” head of track engineering, Giampaolo Dall’Ara said in the team’s pre-race advance. “At Spa both C34 will be fitted with more powerful Ferrari power units and track specific wings.

“Traction and braking, although, as usual, important, are second to stability and reactiveness, therefore rather specific set-ups are being worked out.”

Spa has been a bit of a bogey track for Sauber in recent years.

The team has not scored a point in the Belgian Grand Prix since Kamui Kobayashi came eighth in the 2010 race. The last four years has not seen a finish better than 12th (Kobayashi in 2011).

Sauber scored 14 points at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, but has added only eight more over the last nine races.