2016 Sauber car won’t launch until second pre-season test

The Sauber F1 Team have confirmed that their 2016 car will not be ready until the second Formula 1 pre-season test in March.

With the Australian Grand Prix brought forward to 20 March due to calendar changes requested by Bernie Ecclestone, this has impacted the team’s pre-season plans.

Originally the Swiss team planned their reveal for the beginning of March, when the first pre-season test was supposed to begin, and despite movement of dates and other F1 teams adjusting to a tighter schedule, Sauber decided to stick to their first plan, meaning their 2016 car will not be ready in time for the first test.

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

So far, four Formula 1 teams have confirmed their car launch dates, both Haas and McLaren-Honda will reveal their car on 21 February, while Williams Martini Racing and Manor Racing have confirmed their reveal date as 22 February.

Preparations at Sauber are believed to be going well with the team on course to have the C35 ready for the second test beginning of March.