Despite Sauber falling to 8th in the Constructors standings, recent upgrades are expected bring more downforce and better overall performance to the C34 racer.
The most evident change to the C34 is of course the new short nose, very similar to what Red Bull and McLaren are using. In fact, just like McLaren, Sauber went from a suspiciously long nose to a very short one, in order to emphasize downforce.
According to Autosport, the upgrade package does feature other changes as well, such as new front and rear wings, a new engine cover, new front and rear brake ducts, a new front lower monocoque and a new underfloor rear diffuser.
At this moment in time, Sauber currently have 25 points in the standings. This leaves them 10 points behind Toro Rosso and 8 points ahead of McLaren – with Lotus and Force India probably out of reach.
We’re very curious to see how the Ferrari-powered Sauber performs this weekend in Singapore, a track where you need very high downforce in order to be competitive. This is why we’re also expecting a monster performance from Red Bull (no pun intended), but also McLaren.
Also, looking at the grid right now, only Ferrari and Force India (somewhat) have stuck with a long-nose design. It might actually be one of the reasons why this year’s Ferrari SF15-T has proven to be surprisingly quick in a straight line.