Cape Town - Sauber are preparing for the new season with "good
expectations" after pushing "like hell" on the development of
their 2019 car.
While two years ago Sauber were struggling to even get close
to the top ten, 2018 saw a resurgance for the Alfa Romeo team.
Running the latest specification Ferrari engine, Sauber
finished the season eighth in the standings with 48 points and a best result of
P6 at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Sauber are hoping to do even better in 2019.
"We pushed like hell quite early on next year's
car," team boss Frederic Vasseur told Autosport in late last year.
"We switched all resources of the company on next
year's car quite early.
"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."
Although Sauber were eighth in the championship, Vasseur
reckons their improvements towards the end of the campaign put them higher up
"I don't want to say I don't care but it won't change
my view on the season," said Vasseur.
"We are fighting towards the top 10, and in terms of
teams between P4 and P6.
"We have to do at least the same [in 2019]. It will be