Sauber to revise procedures after Singapore
19 September 2017 – Sauber team boss Frédéric Vasseur says procedures will be revised after a "system error" compounded another challenging Grand Prix for the outfit in Singapore.
Sauber, running year-old Ferrari power units, has often been cut adrift of the pack this season, and again brought up the rear at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein gained places at the start, as the Ferraris and Red Bull's Max Verstappen clashed and retired, but still circulated at the back.
Wehrlein fell further adrift as he went longer than anyone else on Wet tyres, before a brief run on Intermediates, having swapped "too late", and two stints on Ultra Softs.
Ericsson, meanwhile, made an earlier switch to Intermediates, but lost almost half a minute when he pitted for slicks, due to a miscommunication, which led to him being sent out on Softs.
Ericsson pitted again for Ultra Softs a few laps later, but then crashed heading onto the Anderson Bridge, with Wehrlein the final finisher in 12th, two laps down.
"It was a tough race for us," lamented Vasseur.
"Both of the drivers were on Wet tyres when we split their strategies – Marcus changed to Intermediates.
"Pascal was still running on Wet tyres, as we were waiting to put him onto the dry compound. Unfortunately, the track did not dry up as quickly as we expected it to.
"He [then] lost a lot of time due to several blue flags later on during the race.
"During Marcus' pit-stop, there was a system error, which led to miscommunication. The procedures have to be revised to avoid repeating such situations in the future."
Ericsson blamed the slow pit-stop on his crash, which brought out the Safety Car.
"I lost a lot of time due to an incident in one of the pit-stops," he said.
"I was pushing hard to make up for lost time, and went a bit over the limit. Unfortunately, that caused me to spin out of the race."
Sauber remains last in the standings on just five points.