Sauber Planning Completely Different 2018 F1 Car

According to Sauber boss Fred Vasseur, a completely new car is being designed for the 2018 F1 season.

The Swiss team will be attempting to close the gap to the midfield, and developing a “completely different” car could be the way to go, especially since next year, the team will be using the latest spec Ferrari engine.

“The car is already in the wind tunnel and I think we are doing a decent job,” said Vasseur in an interview with Autosport, while adding that his team’s collaboration with Ferrari won’t go as far as Haas’s arrangement.

“We are still discussing the parameters of the Ferrari collaboration, but [the carry over will be] probably less than 20%. The current one [car] is 2016 so to try and carry over to 2018… we have to start from scratch.”

Vasseur also acknowledges that since there won’t be any big changes in regulations next year, it will be difficult for his team to compete for the middle of the pack.

As of right now, Sauber is dead last in the 2017 Constructor standings, with just 5 points in 13 races.


  • rover10

    I doubt they will be the only ones to do so.

    • Vassilis

      Well, they may be actually. Most teams will probably go the evolution way. Sauber needs to start from zero.

  • Six_Tymes

    Interesting, I am looking forward to seeing the differences

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Will it use the mechanics of emotion in its construction?


  • Markey

    And how about the rumour that the engine (if not the whole team) will be re-badged Alfa Romeo?