Sauber to Take Time to Make Internal Changes
While some teams enter a year with everything perfectly in place, that doesn’t appear to be the case for Sauber. Their Technical Director Jorg Zander recently said the team would spend this season looking to put internal changes in place.
The new season of racing will be a fresh sheet of paper for the Swiss constructor after finding new owners Longbow Finance last summer and employing new experienced staff to add to the quality within the team.
Zander believes this season will be ‘important’ in the start of their development moving forward.
“Overall, 2017 will be an important year for us,” he said. “The structure and process optimizations have to be defined and implemented.These are not procedures that can be implemented through literature or instructions – these are individual adjustments in which human attributes and culture play an important role. The team has to accept those changes and get comfortable with the new circumstances. That takes time.”
Zander also mentioned the team wants to have a much more rewarding season in 2017 compared to 2016. The team finished 10th in the Constructors’ Championship with just two points from one ninth-place finish in Brazil, the second-worst amount of points from one season in the team’s 24-season history.
“I want to see a clear improvement compared to last year. All of us in Hinwil want that. Our objective is to establish ourselves in the midfield. In comparison to last year, we will implement our development plan for the whole season, but we implement our development plan for the whole season, but we have to be realistic as our reference is at a lower level than the ones of our competitors. We are on plan with the C36 and we are optimistic that our current development is heading in the right direction. At the moment it is impossible to make any predictions compared to our competitors due to the new regulations.”
He also discussed putting the early plans in place for the development of the 2018 car while examining how the first race of the new era of F1 goes for the team, saying that he is looking to assist the team in returning to shocking points finishes in future years.
“Together with my technical team, I will start with the 2018 concept soon. This won’t happen to early, as we want to conduct a fundamental analysis of where we stand at the beginning of the 2017 season. I want to have a good organized team with satisfied and motivated employees, which becomes a name in F1 that can spring surprises once in a while. I also want to look after confidence and long-term stability. From what I have seen so far, I am very optimistic that we can achieve that.”
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