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Posted 07 April 2017 - 15:06

Sauber: Wehrlein working ‘flat out’ on fitness

Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has insisted that Sauber’s target is to have Pascal Wehrlein racing again within the next two Grands Prix, the German driver having sat out the season opener in Australia and this weekend’s round in China.

Wehrlein, who joined Sauber from Manor for 2017, was involved in a crash at the Race of Champions event in January. Though he has been cleared to race, the former DTM champion does not believe his fitness is sufficiently recovered.

“From a medical perspective he was declared fine to race, already at the tests,” Kaltenborn told reporters in China on Friday. “The rest is a question of his fitness to the extent that he wants to be able to deliver 100 percent during the entire race.

“We’ve heard also now in between from doctors and all that, it is very challenging for the drivers. We heard that from the drivers themselves. He’s working flat out on his fitness.”

As for the date of Wehrlein’s likely return, Kaltenborn added: “It is very difficult to say, because the body is not that logical or analytical in its development, on what day it’s going to be there.

“But his target and our target is to have him as soon as possible in the car, ideally at the next race, but if not, it will be the next one. But clear is that he is our second driver and that’s not going to change.”

Kaltenborn was also full of praise for Ferrari test driver Antonio Giovinazzi, who stepped in as Wehrlein’s last-minute replacement in Australia and who is driving again for the Swiss squad in Shanghai.

“We were all very impressed, considering how quickly it happened. When we came to Melbourne with Pascal, there was no indication at all that we’d end up in this situation, because Pascal, being a very ambitious driver, really wanted to driver but when he realized he does have a responsibility to the team and if he is not 100 percent fit he really needs to say that.

“We more or less overnight had to make this call and then to see Antonio, who drove the first test for us in Barcelona for, but that’s of course not in any way comparable with the car, what it is now, he still came in there, did a great session, did a good race, no major issues or dramas, so we’re very impressed by him.”


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 16:37


In search of Pascal Wehrlein
Wednesday, 05 April 2017
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For the second time in three years, Sauber has started a new Formula 1 season with uncertainty surrounding its driver line-up. While the current situation is nowhere near as controversial as the Giedo van der Garde episode in 2015, Pascal Wehrlein's ongoing absence continues to raise questions within the paddock.

After sitting out the Australian Grand Prix due to a lack of fitness - a call he only made on the Friday night after taking part in practice - Wehrlein has been ruled out of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix as well, with Antonio Giovinazzi again deputizing.


The fitness problem stems from Wehrlein's crash in the Race of Champions at the start of the year, when what was initially reported as a neck problem was later clarified to be a back issue. Either way, the damage left Wehrlein unable to train, and ultimately forced him to miss out on the first test.

Soon after the incident, there were whispers that the injury was worse than initially thought, and one Mercedes team member admitted there was already doubt over Wehrlein's chances of making the start of the season. To that end, Felipe Nasr had contact with Sauber about racing in Australia, but was informed Giovinazzi was his former team's preferred candidate if required.

While Wehrlein's absence from the first test further increased the belief he was facing a race against time to be ready for Australia, such talk appeared somewhat premature just a week later when the Mercedes youngster took part in the second test. But the red flags remained.

Understandably, Wehrlein only carried out a half day on his initial return to the cockpit, but it was a schedule Sauber persevered with across all four days. With Marcus Ericsson present throughout the week, surely it would have made sense to at least try and give Wehrlein a full day at the end of the test to gauge his fitness, and switch the drivers if (or, more likely, when) the German tired?

Of course, Sauber is already in a strange predicament with its drivers following the hiring of Wehrlein. A Mercedes protege who was overlooked by Force India, Wehrlein's future was uncertain for much of the winter while a replacement for Nico Rosberg was sought. Eventually he was confirmed at Sauber following the collapse of former team Manor, resulting in a Mercedes-backed driver securing a seat at a Ferrari-powered team that then used the Ferrari reserve driver to replace him in Barcelona.

The second test suggested no major problems were on the horizon, and Wehrlein was able to complete 59 laps on his busiest half-day, which took place on just his second outing in the car. That was a little over 89 percent of the race distance at Barcelona - albeit not in one long stint - and he had two weeks to further improve his fitness before Australia. To then complete Friday practice before telling the team he was unable to complete the race at 100 percent came as a surprise, and begs the question: how far off is he?


Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn was adamant that the German made the call himself, and praised his bravery in doing so. If that is the case, it actually put Sauber in a compromising position, as the team could not realistically run Wehrlein when he's said he's not fit enough, in case he was involved in an accident. If it was the team's call, then it felt a rookie driver with no F1 experience would be a better bet after just one hour of practice than Wehrlein would be in his unfit state.

The latter scenario suggests a major fitness deficit - as Giovinazzi was fully ready to jump in after just two days of track running this year - or perhaps, a more serious underlying issue. While Wehrlein denied that his back was a factor at all, Australia is a much bumpier circuit than Barcelona. Either way, it is fair to say Sauber needs to bring the car home, because the early races are its best chance of scoring points before the deficit from last year's Ferrari power unit really kicks in.

Suggestions of a more serious back issue - given further credence by one paddock technical source revealing that current seating positions could be dangerous for a driver's spine in specific accidents - were all but ended when the FIA cleared Wehrlein to race in Australia after a fitness test. Another rival team source believes the absence can be explained as Wehrlein being "bloody lazy" over the winter, and not having started significant training before his accident.

After the race, Kaltenborn admitted that Sauber would be monitoring Wehrlein's progress more closely before the second race and had already put him to work on race day in Australia.

Asked on Sunday evening in Melbourne if she was confident that Wehrlein would be fit for China, Kaltenborn told RACER: "So far, yes. We'll see how it pans out. It is [a short window], but there's no linear development there that if you do one day you're here, and if you do two days you're there. It's just a constant process, and we're working on that."


That close monitoring must have shown up a clear lack of significant progress, as Wehrlein was ruled out a full week before race day in Shanghai. It's a sensible approach in terms of taking the pressure off the youngster and giving Giovinazzi more time to prepare, and with just five days between the end of the Chinese Grand Prix and Friday practice in Bahrain, it would be a major surprise to see the German returning before Russia.

The problem is, Wehrlein has to return in Russia. There are already far too many unanswered questions surrounding the situation for it to drag on beyond the fourth race of the season. That will have allowed two months of training since pre-season testing, and Wehrlein's fitness can no longer be excused at that stage.

Despite praise from both Kaltenborn and Toto Wolff over Wehrlein's handling of his predicament, there is only one driver whose stock is rising as a result, and that is Giovinazzi. Hugely impressive in his rookie GP2 campaign last season - taking the title down to the wire against his more experienced teammate and Red Bull youngster Pierre Gasly - the Italian was snapped up by Ferrari and has excelled at every opportunity when in an F1 car since.

With the Sauber team principal saying she "would have no hesitations" to run Giovinazzi again "if needed in any race," the pressure is ramping up rapidly on the man he has replaced. Wehrlein is facing a race against time to get fit and prove the doubters wrong in the short-term, but he has a bigger concern on the horizon.

Esteban Ocon was the preferred choice at Force India for the coming two seasons, and Valtteri Bottas already looks at home at Mercedes in place of Rosberg. Over the winter, Wehrlein spoke with maturity about his need to take on board the reasons why he missed out on both seats to give himself a better chance of progressing in future. But with Giovinazzi proving a more than adequate replacement in Australia, the 22-year-old needs to get back in the cockpit as soon as possible to ensure that this unusual episode doesn't spell the beginning of a premature end to his F1 career.


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#33 alberto.ascari

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 18:38

Čudno je ovo sve oko Wehrleina, dobro, i za njega se priča da je živčan, ali još je klinac. A sve ovo me podseća na RBR/STR potrošnju pilota...


Sa druge strane, ne krijem da mi je nenormalno drago što je Toni došao do sedišta, pa makar i na ovakav način. Na kraju krajeva, nije on isterao Pascala iz cockpita.

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 18:44

Na kraju krajeva, nije on isterao Pascala iz cockpita.


To da.

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 23:48

Napuknut vratni pršljen glavni je razlog Verlajnovog odsustva. Sam je kriv, i on i Masa nisu nosili HANS na toj trci, ne znam koliko bi HANS pomogao ali sugurno ne bi ovako prošao. Ozdravi brzo Paskal.

Pascal Wehrlein's accident at ROC last January caused a back injury that forced Sauber to ignore the first week of winter testing as well as the first two races of the season.

It was at least the official version of the events, because Toto Wolff, director of the Mercedes stable, of which Wehrlein is the protégé, has just revealed the truth on the air of the television station RTL: a fracture of a cervical vertebra , Which explains the extent of the lack of physical preparation of the German pilot.

"It's time to tell what's really going on and take Pascal's defense," says Toto Wolff. "In this accident, a vertebra from his neck was compressed and broken, and he was lucky not to suffer more serious injuries, for weeks he was not able to move because He had to wear an orthopedic device, and during that time he could not train much, and he did not have the strength [to drive the car].

Therefore, it is now much less surprising that Pascal Wehrlein does not feel able to carry out a Grand Prix of 300 kilometers behind the wheel of a F1 among the fastest of the history, particularly physical to be piloted. Notably ... for the neck.

"It was a wise decision he had discussed with Monisha and me before," Wolff continues . "We agreed and respected this decision, and at the beginning of the week we had the same discussion, we could have forced Pascal to be there, he would have run, he would have suffered from the jetlag and he would have gone to Bahrain."

"However, it would not have been an ideal preparation, so we decided to give him ten days of real training instead, so that he could get back to the form he really needed to drive this car. Full force in Bahrain. "

No rivalry with Ferrari

Ironically, for two Grand Prix, it is the Ferrari reserve driver, Antonio Giovinazzi, who takes the place of the protégé of Mercedes. The Italian was particularly noted for his debut at the foot in Melbourne. There is no rivalry between the two top teams on this point, says Toto Wolff.

"There are a lot of polemics in Formula 1, whether on the track or outside, but we get on very well with Ferrari, and we will never quarrel for our young drivers. I think it's good that Giovinazzi has a new opportunity, and he knows how to drive a car, and Pascal will come back and show that he can do even better, " said the Austrian.

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 00:09

Sto je onda to trebalo skrivati?

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 15:13

Akone zbog ugovora i osiguranja onda ne znam koji bi razlog mogao biti, ali mi vise lici na muljanje zbog mesta u timu

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Posted 10 April 2017 - 20:25

Toto Wolff: 'Pascal Wehrlein heading for Bahrain comeback'

Pascal Wehrlein arrives in the paddock before final practice for the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 19, 2015© Getty Images

Last Updated: Monday, April 10, 2017 at 13:20 UK
Pascal Wehrlein is shaping up to make his return to the Sauber cockpit in Bahrain, according to Mercedes chief Toto Wolff.

Currently, German Wehrlein is reportedly recovering his fitness after injuring his back in a race of champions crash in the winter.

In China, Wolff denied raging speculation that the 22-year-old is actually caught up in a political dispute involving Sauber's engine supplier Ferrari.

It was also said in Shanghai that Antonio Giovinazzi - Ferrari's reserve driver who crashed both in qualifying and during the race in China - could race in Wehrlein's place for a third consecutive time in Bahrain this weekend.

"Pascal is training and doing weights, preparing himself as much as possible for Bahrain," Wolff, the head of Mercedes's development programme, told DPA news agency.

"I am only hearing good things about it - that he is feeling better and stronger. At the moment, everything is pointing at him sitting in the car in Bahrain."

Sauber are one of three pointless teams heading into this weekend's race.

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 16:12

Službeni nalog Zaubera na tviteru.

Good news: We are pleased to inform that Pascal Wehrlein will be back in the car as of the #BahrainGP! #F1 @PWehrlein


Sad je službeno...


...il nije više ni ja nisam siguran. Moramo pitati Hido fan der Hartea za stručno mišljenje.

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 16:14

Jako se brzo oporavio od Sangaja gde nije bio sposoban da vozi do Bahreina nedelju dana kasnije...

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 00:13

Sauber close to sealing Honda engines for 2018 Formula 1 season


Sauber is closing on a deal with Honda engines for the 2018 Formula 1 season, Autosport has learned.


The Swiss team has run Ferrari power since 2010 but cracks have formed in that relationship in recent months and Sauber has been working on finding a new partner.

Talks with Honda have been ongoing for some time and accelerated in March.

The finishing touches are now being put to what will be a long-term arrangement.

Sauber is bracing itself for a challenging rest-of-2017 with year-old Ferrari engines, but a switch to Honda would mean the team had latest-specification equipment again.

The deal is the latest step in Sauber's rebuilding plan, which began when new investors came onboard last July to save the team and solidify its future in F1.

When Honda returned to F1 in 2015 with McLaren, an agreement was made whereby both parties had to approve any deal for Honda to take on a second team.

The regulations subsequently changed, and the FIA is now able to compel the manufacturer with the fewest customers to supply a team that needs an engine.

Honda was not keen at first, particularly given its struggles with performance and reliability, but said it would do so if asked because of its duty to F1.

When its situation on and off track improved last year, Honda turned its attention to the possibility of taking on a second team.

Last summer, it expanded its Milton Keynes F1 facility to provide the space to accommodate another supply and talks with interested parties began soon after.

Sauber emerged as the frontrunner, particularly given it was growing increasingly frustrated with its current supplier Ferrari.

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier admitted last week that having more teams running Honda engines could be beneficial given the Japanese firm's current problems.

But he warned Honda could not afford for an additional supply to detract from its primary programme with McLaren.

"I think more teams is better and more engine running is better," Boullier said.

"But there is a price to pay for that, which is deviating more resources into building more engines.

"Whatever happens, we are partners, so at some stage there will be a second team supply question, and I think we'll have to support this.

"But we want to make sure it's not detrimental to our partnership."

A formal announcement of the Sauber-Honda deal is expected in the coming days, with engine manufacturers required to notify the FIA which teams they intend to supply in 2018 by May 6.


The Sauber contract would be the first time Honda has supplied multiple teams in F1 since it provided engines for Super Aguri from 2006 to mid-'08 alongside its factory operation.




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Posted 26 April 2017 - 00:26

Sa ovime, Hondinim traljavim konceptom RA617H koji može biti izuzetan nakon redizajna, Hondinom reorganizacijom i situacijom u kojoj s 4 bolida mogu bolje razumeti probleme dizajna PJ stvari mogu biti samo bolje.

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 00:58

Meni to mirisi na vec vidjen scenario.


1983 Honda ulazi u F1 sa Spiritom na par trka sezone, da bi sezonu zavrsili sa Vilijamsom. Ocekivane porodjajne muke.

1984 Honda sa Vilijamsom, i raspada se na sve strane.

1985 Honda se i dalje raspada, pred kraj sezone pocinje da lici na nesto

1986 Honda profunkcionosala, Vilijams uzima konstruktorsku titulu

1987 Dupla kruna za Vilijams, Honda uzela i Lotusa gde vozi Sena, Japanci odusevljeni njime

1988 Honda i Sena prelaze u Meklaren, napustaju Vilijams koji ih je trpeo tri sezone. I dalje snabdevaju Lotus. Apsolutna dominacija Meklarena.

1989 Honda napusta Lotus, dominacija Meklarena se nastavlja

1990 Jos jedna dupla kruna za Meklaren, ali vise nisu dominantni

1991 i opet dupla kruna, ali Vilijams opasno dise za vrat

1992 Meklaren zavrsava kao drugi u poretku konstruktora, Sena tek cetvrti - dominacija Vilijams-Renoa. Honda se naprasno povlaci na kraju sezone.


E sad, zameni godine 1983 za 2015 pa kreni odatle, Vilijams za Meklaren, Lotus za Zauber, Meklaren za Red Bul (?)...

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 13:14

U tom scenariju Djuro iz Modrice zna sta na kraju ostaje McLarenu :lol+:
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Posted 03 May 2017 - 00:30

Sauber's Kaltenborn wants F1 franchise system to remove teams' fear

Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn says a franchise system would "make sense" for Formula 1, and would remove an element of "fear" for midfield teams.

Kaltenborn opens up about the struggles of the F1 midfield in the latest issue of GP Gazette, Autosport's sister title motorsport.com's grand prix weekend eMagazine, outlining her plan to help ensure smaller teams can survive.

Part of that was a shift to a franchise system, as used in major US sports, which she believes would be game-changing for teams without manufacturer backing.

"I think it makes sense to have that kind of a system," she said.

"For me the most important thing is that the value of the sport and the value of each team is improved.

"Because we do ideally want to be in a world where it takes a lot to come in, but then, when you are in, you have a certain income and a certain existence, maybe not guaranteed - that is too strong a word - but given.

"You don't have to fear that you won't be able to exist at this level, because the sport is giving you enough income to have a business that works.

"You don't need to have a huge profit, but one that allows you to be competitive in the sport. Maybe not for the top three, but, if you are among 10, in the midfield.

"So that's the idea behind this and that's something very good for the sport.

"If we do that kind of a franchise system, I think it's important that the brands which are in the sport are preserved - because that again adds value to your franchise."

Kaltenborn said the fact motorsport's structure did not feature the kind of relegation/promotion system of other sports made it more important to safeguard teams' F1 presence.

"It's definitely something which will also appeal to people who are thinking about coming into the sport, because they know that what they are getting has a value and their future is, in a way, safe," she argued.

"Because if you fall out of the group, where do you go?

"There's no league under F1 where you can go and where you can say: 'you are now in the lower league, you can try and come up again.'

"That's not how our sport works.

"So for anybody who wants to invest in the sport, you have to give the comfort that, yes, you can survive in here."

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