Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said the C33 will have a “very extensive package” of new aerodynamic components at the test which begins on February 19th.
“We plan to have most of the parts on the car for the first test in Bahrain,” said Kaltenborn. “This includes new front and rear wings, side pod deflectors, as well as several other small elements on the car.”
“A few other parts will follow for the second test in Bahrain.”
Sauber’s brake-by-wire system was a cause for concern at the team during the first test at Jerez last week. “Not only the drivers, also the engineers were not happy about it,” said Kaltenborn.
“This was a software issue in the first place. We were able to make improvements throughout the test, but there is still room for improvement.
“However, our engineers are convinced that they have enough time to solve those weaknesses together with our engine partner by the next test.”
Despite the problems the team experienced with the new car Kaltenborn said the team were “satisfied” with the first test.
“Our car was ready just in time. The fact that the C33 functioned from the first day on track is a remarkable achievement by the team. A big compliment to everyone involved.”
She added it was too soon to draw conclusions about the performance of the three different engines. “It is very difficult to judge at this stage,” she said.
“The only thing you can place in an order is the number of laps the teams did with the respective engines. Here the order is clear: Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault. But to compare the performance is impossible at the moment, also because some might still be playing their cards close to their chests.
“I am sure there will be movement right up to the first race in Melbourne in that regard. At the moment this is just a snapshot. It will remain exciting.”
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