Sauber has launched its 2018 car; the C37 carrying the Alfa Romeo livery displayed by the team in December.
The new car is the first as part of a title partnership with Alfa Romeo that upgrades the team to the latest Ferrari power unit after having previously run year-old engines. Sauber’s design features a similar nose style to the Force India as well as additional aerodynamic additions to the Halo as part of what the team describes as a “new technical approach.”
Team principal Frederic Vasseur says the C37 needs to move Sauber into the midfield after finishing last in the constructors’ championship last season.
“I am very much looking forward to the 2018 season, and to seeing Marcus [Ericsson] and Charles [Leclerc] on track,” Vasseur said. “We have put lots of effort and hard work into the C37 over the last few months, and it is fantastic to be launching the new car today.
“I am convinced that Marcus and Charles form the perfect driver line-up, with one being an experienced driver and one a promising rookie. Marcus is going into his fourth season with us. He is a valuable part of the team, and we benefit from his experience and precise technical feedback. As for Charles, he has proven his talent in prior categories and deserves to be on the Formula 1 grid this season.”
“Our target ahead of 2018 is clear: We have to catch up with the field and continue improving our performance during the course of the season. We have put lots of energy and commitment into the development of the C37. I want to thank our partners and fans for their continuous support.
“The return of Alfa Romeo to Formula 1 sets another milestone in the team’s history, and I am proud that such a historical brand has chosen us for their return to the sport. We are eager to start the 2018 season as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team.”
In the build-up to the launch, Sauber also announced a number of new partners, with Richard Mille, Carrera, Kappa and Claro joining the team.
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