The Sauber F1 Team are well prepared for next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix after last week’s test in Barcelona where the Hinwil based outfit focused on fine tuning its aerodynamic package and also on suspension developments for its troubled C33 racer.

Sauber have struggled to get off the mark this season with reliability issues and retirements in the fly away rounds, finishing outside the top ten in Australia and battling near the rear end of the field in Shanghai and Barcelona and are yet to score points and finish in the top 10.

Speaking to Sauber’s official website, Head of Track Engineering Giampaolo Dall’Ara is hopeful that the team have made progress during last week’s tests and will be introducing further updates in Monaco.

“We are confident of having made a further step forward at the test in Barcelona, so we will be introducing some updates to the aerodynamic package and rear suspension,” he said.

“Our main focus for lap times will be on mechanical grip and rear end stability,” he added. “The power unit has a lesser relevance than in most of the other circuits, however, good torque progression and general driveability will make a difference.

“The race in Monaco has a unique character and it’s a real challenge for drivers and engineers.”

With Pirelli once again bringing Soft and Supersoft tyres to Monaco, Dall’Ara expects the more durable rubber – relative to its ultra-high-wearing tyres seen last year – will see several teams gamble on a one-stop race.

“In the last couple of years we’ve been witnessing some strong pace management in the race in order to minimise the number of pit stops, possibly bringing it down to a single one. The lack of overtaking opportunities around the circuit makes a good qualifying very relevant.”

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Michael Terminello

Journalist at MotorsportM8