Sauber to use 2016 Fer­rari en­gine next year

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SUZUKA:

Sauber will con­tinue to use 2016-spec­i­fi­ca­tion Fer­rari en­gines next sea­son af­ter de­cid­ing to fo­cus their re­sources on build­ing a bet­ter chas­sis, team prin­ci­pal Mon­isha Kal­tenborn said yes­ter­day.

The strug­gling Swiss-based For­mula One team are last in the stand­ings and still with­out a point af­ter 16 of the sea­son’s record 21 races.

In­clud­ing last year’s re­sults, they have not scored for 19 races in a row. “We will be us­ing the lat­est spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the 2016 Fer­rari en­gine in 2017,” Kal­tenborn told re­porters at Suzuka. “We took this de­ci­sion a while ago...at a time where ac­tu­ally the rules for next year were not 100 per­cent clear.

“We took a strate­gic de­ci­sion that we want to fo­cus the re­sources we have on chas­sis de­vel­op­ment and per­for­mance de­vel­op­ment, and in a way leave the en­gine side to the ar­eas we know,” she added. The de­ci­sion means only Fer­rari and US-owned Haas will have the lat­est en­gines next year with Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso, who cur­rently use 2015 spec­i­fi­ca­tion units, switch­ing to Re­nault. Kal­tenborn said the team was fi­nan­cially sta­ble and the 2017 car’s de­vel­op­ment re­mained on course. Sauber, For­mula One’s fourth old­est team, an­nounced in July a change of own­er­ship with Swiss-based in­vest­ment firm Long­bow Fi­nance tak­ing over. The cur­rent driv­ers are Swe­den’s Mar­cus Er­ic­s­son and Brazil­ian Fe­lipe Nasr. — Reuters

SUZUKA: Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team’s Ger­man driver Nico Ros­berg sits in his car in the pit be­fore the sec­ond prac­tice ses­sion of the For­mula One Ja­panese Grand Prix at Suzuka Cir­cuit yes­ter­day. — AFP

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