Sauber’s 2016 car passes FIA pre-season tests


The Sauber F1 Team are on course to unveil their Formula 1 2016 challenger at the second pre-season tests with the chassis passing the mandatory FIA crash tests.

The Swiss team announced the news via a tweet:

They became the seventh team to be given the green light by the FIA, joining Ferrari, Renault, Force India, Toro Rosso, Manor and Haas.

Sauber confirmed last month that due to a reshuffle in the 2016 calendar requested by Bernie Ecclestone there was an impact on the team’s pre-season plans. They decided to stick to their originally first plan, meaning their 2016 car will not be ready until March 1 at the second pre-season test in Barcelona.

A spokesman for Sauber confirmed that they will attend the first test later this month at the Circuit de Catalunya with a modified version of its 2015 car with their new 2016 livery. Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson, their 2016 drivers, are planned to run the car.