Felipe Nasr hopes Sauber will be more competitive this weekend as they finally get to use the updated version of Ferrari’s power unit.
“We have our engine update there, but, as we haven’t run it yet, we don’t know what it is going to be like,” said Nasr. “We are all looking forward to it and hope this will be a benefit for us.”
Although Sauber has received the update much later than the factory Ferrari team, which introduced it at the Canadian Grand Prix in June, the C34s will have to upgraded power unit in time for two of the most critical circuits for engine performance: Spa-Francorchamps and Monza. The only other Ferrari-powered cars in the field, the two Manor cars, are still using last year’s engine.
Sauber has only scored three points over the last seven races, but head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall’Ara expects to see “stronger performances” from the team’s cars due to “a number of upgrades that will be progressively introduced”.
As well as “more powerful Ferrari power units” both C34s will have “track specific wings” for this weekend’s race, he added.