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Sauber to Introduce Permanent Pit Stop Fix “by Imola”

Speaking ahead of the Chinese GP, Valtteri Bottas confirmed that they have brought further modifications, but a proper fix hasn’t been found as of yet....

It’s been a terrible start to the season for Stake Sauber not because of a lack of performance, but terrible pitstops. The team introduced advanced pitstop equipment that unfortunately turned out to be faulty causing very long stops, hampering their driver’s races dramatically.

The team have implemented modifications and altered procedures to limit issues like cross-threaded wheel nuts. These have worked to an extent, but Sauber’s pit stops are still far from perfect.

Speaking ahead of the Chinese GP, Valtteri Bottas confirmed that they have brought further modifications, but a proper fix hasn’t been found as of yet.

“It’s a difficult situation and we shouldn’t be in this situation, but we are and now we need to get it sorted,” Bottas said.

“There are further modifications for this weekend, but it’s not 100% fixed, so we know it’s not yet our strength for sure. If anything, it can be our weakness, but we’re trying. Let’s hope that things go smoothly now.”

When is a permanent fix to be introduced? “By Imola,” Valtteri said.

What is heartbreaking is that the Sauber is not a slow car. In Japan, Bottas was running well in the points before coming up short in a very crowded pit lane, losing several positions to Yuki Tsunoda in the RB.

“We’ve been improving race by race, and that’s because we’ve been bringing bits,” he explained.

“In the last two events we’ve been, in terms of pace, very similar to RB and Tsunoda.

“The issues we’ve been having, especially with the pit stops, that’s been masking quite a bit what the actual race results should have been.

“For example, in Japan before the first stops, I was ahead of Tsunoda and with similar pace, and he finished in 10th. So, I think we haven’t really seen the full potential yet.

“We are aware that most likely if we stop at the same time as our competitors, we have a bigger chance of losing the position.

“We’ll try to optimise for that, but hopefully that doesn’t need to be the case. Hopefully, we are getting that consistency and 100% fix in a couple of races.”

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