Sauber has chosen to stick with 2016 Ferrari engines next year and allocate their resources on building a (hopefully, much) more competitive car around them.
The Swiss-based F1 team are currently last in the constructor’s standings, having failed to secure any points in the past 19 races, including some of last year’s results.
“We will be using the latest specification of the 2016 Ferrari engine in 2017,” team principal Monisha Kaltenborn told Reuters. “We took this decision a while ago… at a time where actually the rules for next year were not 100 percent clear. We took a strategic decision that we want to focus the resources we have on chassis development and performance development, and in a way leave the engine side to the areas we know.”
Kalternborn also added that next year’s car development is on course and that the team’s finances were stable.
With Toro Rosso switching back to Renault engines next year, the only two teams that will run 2017-spec Ferrari units in the upcoming season will be Ferrari themselves and US-owned customer team Haas F1.
Anyone here still rooting for the fourth oldest team on the Formula 1 grid?