Sauber looks set to be first out of the blocks with its 2017 car.
Auto Motor und Sport reports that the Swiss team has already booked a date with the FIA to homologate its car for the new regulations -- 19 December.
Prior to an investor bailout, Sauber almost collapsed financially this year, and so the decision to use the 2016 Ferrari engine in 2017 was viewed by some as an act of desperation.
But boss Monisha Kaltenborn insists it is for technical reasons.
"We know there is a big change coming up, so with the size we are the capacity we have, we needed to focus on that change," she said.
However, team driver Felipe Nasr looks set to lose his race cockpit for 2017, after his sponsor Banco do Brasil wound back the value of the deal.
"What I see is that everyone is interested in money," he told Brazil's UOL Esporte. "Unfortunately, this is the reality of formula one -- money talking louder than talent."
Posted 02 December 2016 - 16:16
Posted 06 February 2017 - 15:53
Vedre vode počinju pokrećati Zauberov mlin.Nju donosi Jorg Zander novi tehnički direktor koji je radio za Tojotu Motorsport (jedan je od ljudi koji su stvorili Tojotu GT-One), BAR F1 tim, Vilijams, BMV Zauber, Hondu F1 Tim pa je nastavio još jednu godinu kad ih je Bron kupio i Audi Sports Leman tim.
Q&A s službenog sajta:
“I want to see a clear improvement compared to last year”
Since January 2017 Jörg Zander, Technical Director, is back in Hinwil at the Sauber F1 Team headquarter. Time for a first talk.
Jörg, welcome back to Sauber! The first weeks in Hinwil are over, what are the first impressions about the potential and capabilities within the factory? Can you draw a comparison to 2006/2007 yet – your last time at Sauber?
Jörg Zander: “First of all, the impressions are positive. I have received a warm welcome and felt comfortable early on in a well-known environment. I am pleased with the attitude of my team. After the frustrations and fears of the recent turbulence, everyone is now much more motivated. There are obviously expectations; the team wants change, stability and direction and that is what we strive to achieve together. The technical conditions are ideal. In terms of the development and production we are independent, which enables short development cycles and flexibility. The Sauber wind tunnel is one of the best aerodynamic development sites in professional motorsport. The model parts for the wind tunnel tests are created in a short time in our own rapid prototyping with SLS- and SLA-systems. This enables efficient aerodynamic development. In terms of the chassis, we can create all carbon composite structures on our own. A lot has happened in the past years.”
Tell us about your tasks as a Technical Director.
Jörg Zander: “To begin with, my tasks are the definition and optimization of the technical organizational structure. We have brilliant engineers and technicians here, so we now have to combine these competences and resources according to the requirements. It is important that we optimize our communication and decision processes, so that we can work even more efficiently. Furthermore, my focus is in engineering, mainly leading and guiding the construction as well as development departments. The concept of our racing cars is mainly defined through vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics and vehicle construction. With team work we develop the direction – based on facts. Besides the empirical investigations in the wind tunnel, the vehicle functionalities and dynamics are analyzed and predetermined with the aid of simulations. I want to make sure that these analytical processes for defining the vehicle concepts are connected, so that we can produce results in an efficient way, which is the baseline for vehicle concept decisions. I also want to play a part in contributing to our team with everyone sticking together even more in order to support, exchange ideas and understand each other. Formula One is a team sport!”
In your last position you worked in top level endurance motorsport. What are the technical differences between endurance and Formula 1 cars?
Jörg Zander: “In professional endurance motorsport, different types of sports cars with various powertrain technologies are used. These are open and closed prototypes with hybrid technology as well as similar to street-legal GT sports cars – a mixed field. In the WEC, LMP1-H is operated by car manufacturers. On the basis of Equivalence-of-Technology (EoT) different powertrain concepts are possible. That means that different combustion engine concepts (diesel or petrol-driven car) and hybrid systems with energy transmissions up to 8 MJ (Megajoule) per lap are permitted in Le Mans. This is comparable with Formula One on an average GP track with 4MJ. The hybrid energy content is approximately comparable in Formula 1 with the 4 MJ regained energy per lap. The MGU-K of an LMP1-H sports car is fitted at the front axle. With the “boost mode” these cars accelerate with all-wheel drive, which is not possible with a Formula 1 car.
In Formula One the performance is limited by the maximization of the volume flow rate. The LMP1-H cars are also performance limited; they are about 100 kg heavier and have only a defined amount of energy (fuel) available per lap. The development of the WEC vehicles is mainly focused on the race at Le Mans so the cars are especially aerodynamically designed for that race and reach higher efficiency numbers than a Formula One car. The downforce of a Formula One car is significantly higher. Both vehicles only differ slightly in the overall make-up – they are both trimmed on lightweight construction. In WEC and Formula One carbon fibre chassis are used, as well as double A-arms vehicle systems with complex spring and damper elements and high performance carbon brakes. With up to 1000 PS and all-wheel drive the WEC cars are, despite their high weight, quite fast but around 10 seconds slower on GP tracks compared to Formula One.”
The 2017 GP season is not just a new start for you, but also for Formula One. A new era with many innovations and regulation changes.
Jörg Zander: “Yes. The vehicles will be wider, from 1.80 up to 2 meters. We will also have 25% wider tyres, the front and rear wing will also be wider as well as the diffusor being increased. All-in-all that means more downforce, more grip and therefore faster lap times. The apex speed will be increased as well as the air drag. Therefore, the regulation for the energy recovery will be changed. The car will have a lower top speed, but can brake later due to the higher downforce. The braking distance therefore becomes shorter, which has an impact on the energy recovery. There needs to be different driving profiles and strategies in order to pick up the limited energy of 2 MJ on the MGU-K. The aero concept will again be crucial when it comes to the performance. The cars will look strong because of the wider tyres and the overall length of 2 meters. Just looking at them, you can feel the incomparable dynamic power. The powertrain is sure to play a big role, but at the beginning of the season the chassis, as well as the reliability, will make the difference.”
What are the expectations and objectives for the 2017 season?
Jörg Zander: “I want to see a clear improvement compared to last year. All of us in Hinwil want that. Our objective is to establish ourselves in the mid-field. In comparison to last year, we will implement our development plan for the whole season, but we have to be realistic as our reference is at a lower level than the ones of our competitors. We are on plan with the C36 and we are optimistic that our current development is heading in the right direction. At the moment it is impossible to make any predictions compared to our competitors due to the new regulations. Overall, 2017 will be an important year for us. The structure and process optimizations have to be defined and implemented. These are not procedures that can be implemented through literature or instructions – these are individual adjustments in which human attributes and culture play an important role. The team has to accept those changes and get comfortable with the new circumstances. That takes time.”
What are your long-term objectives with Sauber?
Jörg Zander: “Together with my technical team, I will start with the 2018 concept soon. This won’t happen too early, as we want to conduct a fundamental analysis of where we stand at the beginning of the 2017 season. I want to have a good organized team with satisfied and motivated employees, which becomes a name in Formula One that can spring surprises once in a while. I also want to look after confidence and long-term stability. From what I have seen so far, I am very optimistic that we can achieve that.”
Besides motorsport, what are your hobbies and passions?
Jörg Zander: “I am definitely passionate about my family and the people who are close to me. Besides motorsport my other love is triathlon. If I can, I will make it to the 70.3 Ironman in Rapperswil (Switzerland) in June depending on how much time I have for training. But in July I should be in a good shape for the Olympic distance triathlon in Zurich.”
Posted 06 February 2017 - 16:36
Sauber’s technical director Jorg Zander says the team will begin concept work on its car for the 2018 F1 season soon.
The Swiss team endured an uncertain 2016 due to a shortage of funds. Investment from Longbow Finance put the team on a more secure footing, however it will use a year-old Ferrari power unit in 2017.
Zander, who has returned to Sauber after Audi closed its World Endurance Championship team, previously worked for Sauber when it was owned by BMW in 2006-07.
“Together with my technical team, I will start with the 2018 concept soon,” Zander confirmed.
“This won’t happen too early, as we want to conduct a fundamental analysis of where we stand at the beginning of the 2017 season. I want to have a good organised team with satisfied and motivated employees, which becomes a name in Formula One that can spring surprises once in a while.”
“I also want to look after confidence and long-term stability. From what I have seen so far, I am very optimistic that we can achieve that.”
Zander predicts reliability will be a decisive factor in the opening races, where Sauber could benefit from using a tried-and-tested engine.
“The power train is sure to play a big role,” he said, “but at the beginning of the season the chassis, as well as the reliability, will make the difference.”
“The car will have a lower top speed but can brake later due to the higher downforce,” he explained. “The braking distance therefore becomes shorter, which has an impact on the energy recovery.”
“There needs to be different driving profiles and strategies in order to pick up the limited energy of 2 MJ on the MGU-K. The aero concept will again be crucial when it comes to the performance.”
Posted 08 February 2017 - 17:25
Erreà Sport becomes Official Partner to the Sauber F1 Team
The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce Erreà Sport as an Official Partner. Erreà is an Italian company specialising in the manufacture of technical sportswear. The brand supports many sports clubs all over the world with its high-quality and functional products – in football, volleyball and basketball to name just a few. The partnership with the Sauber F1 Team offers Erreà a new business portfolio in the fast-paced world of Formula One.
For the 2017 Formula One World Championship, Erreà equips the Sauber F1 Team with specially designed teamwear as well as travel gear. The sportswear brand will also distribute selected official team collection articles for merchandising purposes. Besides the brand visibility on the team and travel gear, the logo can also be seen on the headrest of the Sauber C36-Ferrari. Erreà not only dresses the team members, but also the Sauber C36-Ferrari with car covers that keep the Sauber C36-Ferrari cozy and dry during rest times.
Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We are very pleased to welcome Erreà on board as an Official Partner to the Sauber F1 Team. A successful family business, Erreà maintains its position as an important player in the competitive sporting goods industry. State-of-the-art manufacturing techniques are the key for success – not only in the sporting goods industry, but also in Formula One. Erreà and Sauber have valuable attributes in common: the ambition to strive for innovation, quality and perfection combine the values that both brands live by every day. We are looking forward to a successful partnership in the future.”
Angelo Gandolfi, President, Erreà Sport S.p.a.:
“In Sauber F1 Team, we see a like-minded, ambitious team. We look forward to bringing our experience in the development of unique merchandise and original teamwear design from other sports such as football, volleyball, basketball and rugby to the team. We are tremendously excited to be working with the team as they set out to return to former successes. We are proud to have been selected as a partner to join them on this journey. 2017 will see Formula One race cars look radically different to anything seen in recent years. We look forward to the launch of the Sauber C36-Ferrari and the Erreà brand taking position on what promises to be a dynamic new livery for our Swiss partners. The Sauber F1 Team represents a level of professionalism we have experienced only at the very pinnacle of other sports in which we work. We look forward to launching our first range of merchandise to fans of the team and fans of the sport in the coming weeks.”
Erreà Sport is an Italian company specialised in the manufacture of technical sportswear, and an international business active in 80 different countries. Founded in 1988, Erreà is a leading brand, universally recognised as being synonymous with quality, expertise and competence in sports. Erreà has around 2,000 stores in over 80 countries around the globe, producing 4,000,000 articles every year. For more information, please visit: http://en.errea.com/.
Posted 10 February 2017 - 21:36
The Sauber C36-Ferrari is coming!
Ten days to go! While we are all working hard on finishing the final parts of the Sauber C36-Ferrari, you may already mark your agenda and get ready: First images of our 2017 contender will be published on Monday, 20th February 2017!
Our car assembly team is busy putting it all together and we are all awaiting the first fire-up which will take place next week. The Sauber C36-Ferrari will have its roll-out in the week prior to the first official Formula One test on 22nd February during the Sauber F1 Team’s filming day in Barcelona.
Posted 11 February 2017 - 01:16
S obzirom da je Banco do Brasil napustio tim očekuje se promena livreja bolida. Bolidi su u 2015 i 16 bili plavi s žutim obeležjem spomenutog sponzora mislim da će i ove godine biti mahom plavi ali s drukčijom nijansom (ona koja se vidi na službenom sajtu) ali sa karakterističnim belim i crvenim štraftama koji su bili na prošlim modelima- nije u redu da bolid bude samo plav, ovako štrafte će upotpuniti prazninu na kojoj je nekada bilo žuto i tu bi također mogao doći sponzorski natpis.
Ovo je moj predlog skice novog livreja. Font bi bio beli, broj vozača bi se vratio na stranicu kokpita ▼
Edited by /13/Ален Шмит/, 11 February 2017 - 02:06.
Posted 16 February 2017 - 13:55
In the afternoon he will come the announcement of the forced rest of Wehrlein, which will allow the reserve of the Ferrari to get on track with the C36 in two of the four days of the Barcelona inaugural test.
From information just learned from Motorsport.com, this afternoon Sauber will formalize the unavailability of Pascal Wehrlein to be on track in the first test session in Barcelona. The rumors are confirmed, with the German driver forced to extend his period of convalescence after the incident that saw him unlucky protagonist in the Race of Champions held in January.
Go ahead and then to Anthony Giovinazzo, which will be on the track in two of the four days of testing that will take place in Barcelona. For now Antonio was summoned for the first session of the Spanish tests, but his efforts could continue in the second round, scheduled for March 7 to 10. Everything will depend on ahead.
The Giovinazzo commitment must not be seen as an admission of his organization chart Sauber. The Apulian rider is the third Ferrari driver, and in Maranello have decided to lend it to the Swiss team allowing him to begin his experience behind the wheel of a Formula 1 single-seater generation.
Posted 20 February 2017 - 10:37
Posted 20 February 2017 - 15:57
Od Imole ne mogu da smislim ni Rotmans ni njihove boje.
Na prvi pogled ovo izgleda da je daleeeko od onoga što ćemo videti u Australiji, pogotovu mislim na prednje krilo.
Dual airbox mi je zanimljiv.
Moćno će izgledati grid, jer su bolidi i širi i duži. Hamilton je uporedio W08 sa čamcem aludirajući na veličinu.
Će bidne komeNdija u Monaku...