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Old 25 Jan 2018, 23:51 (Ref:3795158)   #241
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I think Sauber are slowly learning from their mistakes, hence why they pulled out of the Honda, realising it wasn’t gonna go as easily as they thought. Hopefully this Alfa deal is the start of recovery
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Old 26 Jan 2018, 01:50 (Ref:3795182)   #242
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I think Sauber are slowly learning from their mistakes, hence why they pulled out of the Honda, realising it wasn’t gonna go as easily as they thought. Hopefully this Alfa deal is the start of recovery
When you are fighting for financial survival, in motor racing or in business, sometimes you do deals with people that you would otherwise not have done because you think it is in the best interests of keeping the doors open.

Except.. quite often you get punchdrunk, living in the space of failure such that some offer, any offer, that seems to incrementally move the financial needle in the right direction is a better deal than todays. You begin to believe that what you are doing isn’t good enough to attract more conventional solutions and partners.

So new eyes show up. Kill the deal that would likely have killed Sauber, and go make nice with other people who see your value.
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Old 19 Mar 2018, 18:17 (Ref:3809169)   #243
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I wonder how commentators are going to refer to Sauber this year? Will they include the “Alfa Romeo”? Waste of Alfa’s money if they don’t.
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I wonder how commentators are going to refer to Sauber this year? Will they include the “Alfa Romeo”? Waste of Alfa’s money if they don’t.
Alfa Sauber, or Sauber Romeo?
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Old 23 Mar 2018, 15:39 (Ref:3810186)   #245
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Disappointing to see Sauber “anchoring”, as Autosport so delicately puts it, the timesheets after FP2, but, realistically, who are they going to beat?
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Old 23 Mar 2018, 15:41 (Ref:3810187)   #246
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It makes me wonder why the deal wasn’t extended to rebadging the engines, then they’d be Sauber-Alfa Romeos. Simples, surely? Reminds me of that season when they were BMW Sauber-Ferrari.
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Old 24 Mar 2018, 02:03 (Ref:3810294)   #247
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They’re a lot closer to the midfield than last year
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Old 24 Mar 2018, 02:55 (Ref:3810306)   #248
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The current spec PU must be a big help.
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The current spec PU must be a big help.
Still very little external partner branding on the car, despite all the stories about the attractiveness of the Alfa Romeo nameplate...
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They know the difference between a nameplate and an actual manufacturer partnership effort. Nothing really changed for Sauber.
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There’s no such thing as a midfield any more. There’s the top three teams, then everyone else scrapping for position. Sauber are still towards the back and are clearly nowhere near engine-mates Haas in terms of speed. And I say that with no pleasure.
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Leclerc is ahead of his fellow rookie Sirotkin, so not a bad start
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There’s no such thing as a midfield any more. There’s the top three teams, then everyone else scrapping for position. Sauber are still towards the back and are clearly nowhere near engine-mates Haas in terms of speed. And I say that with no pleasure.
i feel like thats my big take away from this quali session.

i think the 107% time was 1:28 something and the Saubers were well within that range at 1:25 something...usually there is one team/driver that gets close to running afoul of 107% at the first race but not this year.

3secs separating the top and bottom so its got to be seen as a positive that Sauber showed up and dont find themselves miles behind!
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I see where Jorg Zander Sauber's technical director is leaving the team and no mention of the reason.

http://classic.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/135748

Reading between the lines I suspect the team were not ready for him to leave but was he pushed?
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I see where Jorg Zander Sauber's technical director is leaving the team and no mention of the reason.

http://classic.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/135748

Reading between the lines I suspect the team were not ready for him to leave but was he pushed?
If so, pushed where?
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