2016 engines to be disadvantageous to Sauber says Wehrlein


Pascal Wehrlein feels Sauber will be at a disadvantage by using 2016-spec engines - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

The Sauber F1 Team will head into the 2017 Formula 1 season with the disadvantage of using the 2016 Ferrari power unit, according to Pascal Wehrlein.

Whereas the other nine teams on the grid will be able to improve their engines during the forthcoming season, the Sauber team will be left to run with a year-old unit that won’t receive the same kind of development, and Wehrlein believes that this will be a hindrance in 2017 for the Hinwil-based team.

“The construction of the new car forced Sauber to take that decision,” said Wehrlein to Swiss publication Blick. “Clearly, it will be hard for us if the others are constantly developing their engines.”

Despite this, Wehrlein believes he should be in a good position to add to the solitary point he scored during his season with the Manor Racing MRT squad, where he drove superbly to finish tenth at the Austrian Grand Prix.

“I am sure we will score more than that,” said Wehrlein. “At least we will be able to constantly develop the car.

“(At Manor) we had about 200 employees, Sauber has 350. Compared to the others that is still a small number, but Sauber has one of the best wind tunnels. I was really blown away on my first visit.”