TEAM PROFILE SAUBER
Sauber enter 2018 with fresh enthusiasm, thanks to an Alfa Romeo tie-up and the signing of Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc. The Swiss team are aiming to move off the back of the grid this year
F1 RACING SAYS... Sauber often found themselves cut adrift of the field in 2017, as they struggled with a year-old Ferrari power unit and an underdeveloped chassis. Frédéric Vasseur took over from Monisha Kaltenborn as team principal midway through the season and steadied the ship, ditching a planned Honda partnership in favour of stronger Ferrari relations, which led to an Alfa Romeo tie-up. Further optimism comes from the signing of Ferrari-backed Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc, meaning incumbent Marcus Ericsson will have nowhere to hide. A current-spec engine should provide a boost, but the chassis also needs significant work, meaning Sauber are still likely to face a slow route back to the midfield.
OUR TIP: Alfa Romeo investment and an exciting rookie should reinvigorate the team and take them off the back row.