Was Ferrari sandbagging at Jerez?
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Sauber will reveal its 2013 car, the C32, in the days before it makes its track debut at the start of winter testing.
Team founder Peter Sauber had already announced that the new Ferrari-powered single seater will run for the first time at Jerez on February 5. The Swiss team on Thursday invited the media to an official launch event at its Hinwil headquarters, on 2 February.
2012 has been described as ‘topsy-turvy’ and a ‘lottery’ that has ended the domination of formula one’s usual greats.
But according to a detailed analysis by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, F1′s old guard is still at the very top of the timesheets. The analysis shows that McLaren and Red Bull, respectively, have been the best teams overall when it comes to pace in the all-out ‘Q2′ qualifying segment, and the actual grands prix.
Fernando Alonso’s win was a complete surprise, but the name of another team was on more paddock-dwellers’ lips after Malaysia — Sauber.
“Only one team could do consistently good laptimes on all the tyres and in all the conditions, and it was Sauber,” confirmed Martin Whitmarsh, whose McLaren team had travelled to Sepang with arguably the fastest car.
Sauber on Monday joined the growing ‘stepped nose’ club by revealing its C31.
According to new rules this year, the car is therefore now fit to test at Jerez from 7 February.
Toro Rosso has announced that its 2012 car will be ready to run on the opening day of official testing at Jerez next month. Red Bull’s Italian-based rookie team said the Ferrari-powered TR7 passed the last of the FIA’s mandatory crash tests on Thursday.
Hinwil based Sauber has retained 2011 drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez for next season.
Sauber on Friday revealed that its 2012 car will be ready for the first test of the pre-season.The Swiss team announced in a statement that the Ferrari-powered C31 will be launched at Jerez on 6 February, the day before the start of the official group test at the southern Spanish circuit.
Ferrari and Sauber brought an end to the exhaust blowing saga that marred the British grand prix weekend.
The teams rowed at Silverstone about the FIA’s clampdown and how it could be equitably applied to the four engine manufacturer’s distinct V8 engines. Ultimately, Charlie Whiting proposed to scrap the clampdown and simply revert to the Valencia setup, where changing engine settings between qualifying and the race were banned but off-throttle blowing was unrestricted.
Perez’s ‘Chassis 01′ is currently en route from Kuala Lumpur to Hinwil
Sauber rookie Sergio Perez will have a brand new C30 at his disposal in China after his original car was heavily damaged in Malaysia. There is only a few days between the Sepang race and opening practice this Friday in Shanghai, but Mexican Perez’s ‘Chassis 01′ is currently en route from Kuala Lumpur to Hinwil.