Sauber celebrates its 25th season in F1 in 2017 and begins a new era under the ownership of Longbow Finance SA. The team will run Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein (as soon as his neck injury is sorted out). The official rollout of the new Sauber C36-Ferrari will take place at the Circuit de Catalunya, but here is the new car, with a completely new colour scheme.
The Sauber C36-Ferrari is a completely new car, with nothing carried over from the C35. In 2017, the Ferrari powertrain in the Abu Dhabi 2016 configuration will be used initially together with the C36. One of the changes this season is that only four of the six units of a powertrain can be changed without penalty. In the next few years the number will be further reduced, which is why the manufacturers are going to put greater emphasis on the durability than on the top speed of their units. Sauber has chosen this route because the 2016 engine provides “a tried and tested system with higher durability to begin with” and that it was helpful to start the design process early as the team was familiar with the engine and the transmission as well as the cooling requirements.