Sauber’s head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall’Ara believes that the Swiss team is positive about regrouping at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, F1’s second night race of the season after the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Hinwil based outfit – which has been the subject of new buyout rumours by Canadian fashion magnate Lawrence Stroll – has endured its worst season in its history and is hoping that its latest aerodynamic upgrade package will spearhead its troubled C33 racer into the points for the first time this year.

“Considering that the Singapore track is one of those circuits which are less dependent on engine power, as well as the fact that we will be introducing an aerodynamic update package with a new engine cover and a modified front wing, the team is feeling quite positive about regrouping in Singapore,” Dall’Ara said, speaking to the official Sauber F1 Team website.

Dall’Ara, who has been with the Swiss team since 2000, looked ahead to the uniqueness of the Marina Bay Circuit: “The night race on the street circuit is one of a kind; the track offers the typical engineering challenges of a street circuit with the need for mechanical grip, traction, stability and cooling on top of the job list.

“To the drivers it is unforgiving in places,” he added. “It is therefore essential to provide them with a set-up they can fully trust.

“The show will benefit from Pirelli’s compound choice of soft and supersoft, and the safety car deployment rate of 100 percent in the races so far,” Dall’Ara concluded.

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Michael Terminello

Journalist at MotorsportM8
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