It’s time for Sauber to start to stand up and be counted, show ambition, show frustration when it doesn’t achieve those aims and show euphoria when it does achieve them.
This season has to count for Sauber. With minimal changes to the regulations, it needs to show it has a handle on what’s going on otherwise it could easily find itself back in that major budget restriction scenario that it has been in all too often.
The new Alfa Romeo C41 carries over a lot of parts from the previous car. The team has spent its development tokens on a new nose and new front suspension, but a lot of other aerodynamic areas that don’t require a token spend have also been developed.
RAIKKONEN – WE ARE IN AN AREA OF UNKNOWN
Kimi Raikkonen is looking ahead to testing as he hopes for signs that Alfa Romeo have taken a step forward from their 2020 efforts.
The Sauber-backed team endured a disappointing 2020 campaign, one that was a continuation of their slow decline towards the end of 2019 which had started out with consistent points finishes.
Come the end of 2020 though Alfa Romeo had only eight points, four scored by Raikkonen and four by Antonio Giovinazzi in an even split, but the Finn was also clear that his team had not performed as well as they had hoped.
But, with the C41 now free from its covers, Raikkonen is hoping for a better season to come, though it will remain an “unknown” until they hit the track in Bahrain.
“Obviously first of all it’s nice to see the new car,” he said as Alfa Romeo unveiled their 2021 challenger, the C41, in Warsaw.
“We are in an area of unknown, there’s some rule changes and how’s that going to impact everybody and where we are going to be.
“Hopefully we are better off than we were last year and we’ll get some idea in testing in a couple week’s time and in one month’s time in the first race we’ll really know where we are but we’ll do our best wherever we end up to be.”
The 2020 car, the C40, struggled with aero consistency and tyre management, two issues that the team is hoping the C41 addresses.
KIMI RAIKKONEN HOPING FOR A BETTER 2021 SEASON KIMI RAIKKONEN HOPING FOR A BETTER 2021 SEASON