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Sauber delays majority of F1 upgrade to Monaco GP

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Sauber delays majority of F1 upgrade to Monaco GP
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May 11, 2017, 12:26 PM

Sauber has only brought part of its new Formula 1 upgrade to the Spanish Grand Prix, with the majority of the package delayed until Monaco. 

Marcus Ericsson, Sauber C36 and Pascal Wehrlein, Sauber C36
Pascal Wehrlein, Sauber C36-Ferrari, Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber C36
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber C36
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber C36
Pascal Wehrlein, Sauber
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber C36

Like most teams on the Formula 1 grid, Sauber had planned to bring a big package to this weekend's Barcelona race.

However, its technical department wanted further time to work on some aspects of the new developments.

It has brought a new rear wing, which it evaluated during the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test, along with new front wing flaps and new front brake ducts. 

The rest of the package, which will include a new floor, is set to be bolted onto the car at the following race in Monaco.

An update of any sort is still a step forward for the team, which in 2016 did not update its car until the second half of the season because of a lack of funding. 

But the delay means internally the Swiss team is bracing itself for a difficult weekend in Barcelona, given the rest of the grid will likely make a step forward with their new updates. 

Sauber has struggled to make an impact so far this season and is one of only two teams that has failed to score, the other being McLaren.

It is believed the team is struggling to optimise its cooling, which is a particular frustration because its early decision to stick with a year-old power unit should have helped avoid such an issue. 

Wehrlein still hopes for progress

Despite the delay with upgrades and the cooling issues, Pascal Wehrlein is hopeful Barcelona will be stronger than the last race in Sochi, where the team finished 15th and 16th.

“We have a few updates on the car and for Monaco we have more updates so I’m really looking forward to the next races,” said Wehrlein. 

“I hope the updates work as expected and we make some progress. It will be quite difficult to challenge for points this weekend but we will try our best.”

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Series Formula 1
Event Spanish GP
Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers Pascal Wehrlein
Teams Sauber
Author Lawrence Barretto