F1 2016 Team Preview: Sauber

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Sauber may not be the force it once was in Formula 1, but it remains one of of the oldest teams on the grid.

Having diced with extinction over the past couple of years, the Swiss team is preparing for a year of stability in 2016 with an unchanged driver line-up.

TEAM: Sauber F1 Team
ENGINE: Ferrari
CAR: Sauber C35

2015 STATS

Races: 19
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 36
Laps Led: 0
Drivers’ Championship Positions: 13th (Felipe Nasr); 18th (Marcus Ericsson)
Constructors’ Championship Position: 8th

2016 LINE-UP

12. Felipe Nasr (BRA)
9. Marcus Ericsson (SWE)

2015 TEAM RECAP

Sauber’s Formula 1 rollercoaster story continued in 2015. Having gone without points the year before, the season started in court as Giedo van der Garde fought for his right to race in Australia, only for Felipe Nasr to then finish fifth on debut. Points came when others struggled, with the pace of the C34 car still leaving much to be desired, but Sauber was most importantly able to steady the ship that looked set to keel over at one point.

2016 OUTLOOK

It’s difficult to see 2016 offering much more for Sauber. Nasr will be set to lead the team once again, while Marcus Ericsson will hope to build on his first two years of racing in F1. If anything, 2016 should be about working out the future of the team. Now the position of being Ferrari’s defacto B-team has been taken by Haas, Sauber should perhaps explore other options. Logic suggests a hook-up with Honda would work for all parties involved, including McLaren. Regardless, the strong Sauber identity needs to be reforged this year. Survival should no longer be the focus.