The newly-minted Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, formed through an arrangement that sees Ferrari continue to supply F1 power units to the Swiss team, is already off to a better season than it’s had since 2015, when Felipe Nasr scored 27 points for the constructor to Marcus Ericsson’s 9. Both of the team’s current drivers – Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc – have contributed points to Alfa Romeo Sauber’s total in the 2018 season, and the team placed as high as sixth out of the field of twenty at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team is currently trailing in ninth in the Constructors’ Championship standings, but with 11 points, the team remains within striking distance of Italy’s Toro Rosso (13 points), the UK’s Force India (18 points), and the US’s Haas F1 Team (19 points).
Last weekend’s race – the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix – saw Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 finish right toward the middle of the pack, Charles Leclerc scoring a single point with a tenth-place finish, and Marcus Ericsson scoring none, crossing the line in thirteenth. The Swiss team has struggled in recent years, with 2016 being the worst; through the entire season, a single ninth-place finish gave Sauber F1 its only two points. The following season wasn’t much better, the team earning just five points with an eighth-place and a tenth-place finish.
But the mood at Sauber seems brighter in the 2018 F1 World Championship season. Charles Leclerc represents fresh blood for the organization, having just moved up from Formula 2 after his championship win in the series. Ericsson, meanwhile, had previously seemed doomed to go the rest of his career without scoring a single point; his ninth-place finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix this season marked his first F1 championship points since the 2015 Italian Grand Prix.
The next event on the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship calendar is the Monaco Grand Prix on May 27th. Be sure to tune in then to see whether the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team can work on closing the gap with Toro Rosso, Force India, and Haas, while keeping ahead of the British Williams Martini Racing.