X

Wednesday 16
January

Formula 1

Sauber started early on 2019 car - Vasseur

8th January 2019, 17:13 by Craig Smithson

Sauber looked to prepare for aerodynamic changes in 2019 by starting work on their car "quite early", according to Frederic Vasseur.

The Swiss-based outfit's team principal made the admission following a relatively successful 2018 season as they finished eighth in the constructors' standings ahead of Toro Rosso and Williams.

The aim is to now kick on and move higher up the rankings ahead of more incoming car changes and to coincide with former world champion Kimi Raikkonen replacing Ferrari-bound driver Charles Leclerc.

"We pushed like hell quite early on next year's car. We switched all resources of the company on next year's car quite early," Vasseur told Autosport.

"We have good expectations but when you have a change like this in the regulations, it's a drastic one. You never know.

"You can take the wrong direction and we will understand this perhaps (only at testing) in Barcelona because nobody knows exactly what the others are doing.

"My feeling is very positive, that we are still improving week after week and with the same purpose we had (in 2018). I don't know if the others are doing a better job or not, but we are doing a good job."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

More Williams

Formula 1

Ferrari tipped to hand deal to Schumacher Jr

15th January 2019, 18:43

Mick Schumacher, son of racing legend Michael, is reportedly set to join Ferrari’s driver academy.

Formula 1

Buemi to stay on with Red Bull

15th January 2019, 18:37

Sebastien Buemi has agreed to continue his association with Red Bull and will remain on as their reserve driver for 2019.

Formula 1

Lewis loving new confidence

14th January 2019, 18:29

World champion Lewis Hamilton says he has grown in confidence the longer he has been in Formula 1.

Formula 1

Sirotkin hopeful of F1 return one day

14th January 2019, 16:05

Sergey Sirotkin has targeted a return to Formula 1 at some point in the future following his exit from Williams.

Formula 1

F1 pundit makes Hamilton claim

13th January 2019, 17:11

Formula One pundit Tony Jardine believes talks are ongoing surrounding a move to Ferrari for Lewis Hamilton.

Formula 1

Perez sees 'bright future' for Racing Point

13th January 2019, 16:18

Sergio Perez firmly believes Racing Point as a "bright future" which is why he stayed put instead of opting for a return to McLaren.

Recent Sport Headlines

Newcastle United

Rafa hails character as Toon go through

16th January 2019, 01:41

Rafael Benitez hailed the character of his Newcastle players after their 4-2 extra-time victory over Blackburn in the FA Cup.

Rugby League

Widdop pens Wire deal

16th January 2019, 01:11

Warrington believe they have pulled off the biggest signing in the club's history by luring Gareth Widdop back to Super League.

Rugby Union

Gatland eyes Six Nations success

16th January 2019, 01:04

Wales coach Warren Gatland believes they have what it takes to win the Six Nations but need to get off to a good start against France.

Tennis

Djokovic sees of Krueger

16th January 2019, 00:58

Novak Djokovic cruised into the second round of the Australian Open with a straight sets win over American Mitchell Krueger.

Match Reports

Blackburn Rovers 2-4 Newcastle United

15th January 2019, 22:54

Joselu and Ayoze Perez scored in extra time as Newcastle advanced to the FA Cup fourth round with a 4-2 win over Blackburn Rovers.

Formula 1

Ferrari tipped to hand deal to Schumacher Jr

15th January 2019, 18:43

Mick Schumacher, son of racing legend Michael, is reportedly set to join Ferrari’s driver academy.

Fulham

Babel backs Fulham to stay up

15th January 2019, 18:40

Ryan Babel has faith in Fulham’s ability to avoid relegation from the Premier League after joining until the end of season.

Tottenham Hotspur

Kane blow for Tottenham

15th January 2019, 18:38

Harry Kane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle and is expected be sidelined until March for Tottenham.