F1 Racing (UK) - - SEASON PREVIEW 2018 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.

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