Sauber unveil their 2016 challenger

Sauber F1 Team have released official pictures of their 2016 challenger the day before second pre-season testing in Barcelona.

The Swiss team announced at the beginning of the year that their C35 would not be ready in time for the first pre-season test. Originally they planned their reveal for the beginning of March, when the first test was supposed to begin but due to calendar changes requested by Bernie Ecclestone, the Australian Grand Prix was brought forward to 20 March.

Despite movement of dates and other Formula 1 teams adjusting to a tighter schedule, Sauber decided to stick to their first plan, meaning their 2016 car would not be ready in time. For the first test, Sauber brought a modified version of their 2015 specification car with their new 2016 livery.

Sauber have retained their 2015 drivers, Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr for the 2016 season, and team principal Monisha Kaltenborn wants them to improve on their 2015 season where the team finished eighth in the Constructors’ Championship.

“We want to clearly improve,” said Kaltenborn. “Obviously, there’s a certain position we’d like to achieve. But, to start with, it’s important to become established in mid-field. Only then are we going to focus on individual positions.

“Speaking for Marcus and Felipe is the fact that they made only few mistakes. And that they learnt from these mistakes. Now they’ll have to show how they’re going to keep working on their skills following the experience they’ve gained.”