The Sauber F1 Team has an all new line-up and all new colour scheme for the 2015 season.
Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr have joined the team while Ferrari Academy Driver Raffaele Marciello was recently appointed test driver. Last year’s car featured a grey colour scheme while this year, thanks to new sponsorship, the C34 is blue and yellow.
“I am pleased about being a member of the Sauber F1 Team,” Ericsson explained. “After a difficult season we want to move forward and fight in the mid-field like the team previously did. From a driver’s point of view, I want to continue to learn and establish myself as a Formula One driver. I have the feeling of being in the perfect environment to do so. In Formula One it is difficult to have precise targets as it depends on the overall package. It is clear we want to be fighting for points.”
Formula One rookie Nasr shares Ericsson’s enthusiasm for the year ahead. “In my rookie season there is a lot to learn, and especially as I have not yet driven on some circuits yet,” he explained. “In general, I am ready to take on this challenge. In my role as test and reserve driver for Williams last year, I was involved in every race weekend. Furthermore, I also had the chance to drive the car a few times, so I think I have a certain understanding of Formula One. Now I am taking the next step in being a race driver, and I am looking forward to bringing my experience from 2014 as well as to supporting the Sauber F1 Team in getting back into the points.”
Like other teams on the F1 grid, Sauber have been posting teasers in the run up to their launch and posted a video of the car being fired up to allow fans to hear what it sounds like.
Sauber, like Lotus, were another team who slipped down the order in the championship last year. Having finished seventh in 2013 with 57 points the team unfortunately scored no points in 2014. Adrian Sutil finished 11th on two occasions but points alluded them for the whole season due to lack of pace and reliability problems. The Ferrari engine also struggled in 2014 so the team will no doubt be hoping it will have improved for the season ahead.
“2014 was a very disappointing year,” Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn said. “However, this is in the past, and we now focus on what comes next. We have learned our lessons and are confident for the new season. We have to improve and be able to fight for championship points. I am delighted about our two new drivers who bring a breath of fresh air. Both are young, talented and highly motivated. On their way to Formula 1 both stood out through victories in Formula BMW and Formula 3. Both then finished this career progression off in the GP2 series. While Marcus [Ericsson] looks back to one season in Formula 1, Felipe [Nasr] will have his rookie year in which he comes fully prepared due to his role as test and reserve driver at Williams last year. I feel confident with regard to our drivers.”
“Raffaele’s previous career is impressive,” Kaltenborn concluded. “Therefore it is a logical step for us to give him the opportunity to become more familiar with Formula 1. As a team we are pleased to be there with him on his way to the pinnacle of motorsport.”
It is a common goal within the team to get back to scoring points. Like most other teams, Sauber will be running at the first pre-season test in Jerez, giving them the first opportunity to get their car out on track for some proper running.