Sauber experienced a challenging Sunday at the 2024 British Grand Prix, with Zhou Guanyu finishing 18th and Valtteri Bottas finishing 15th.

By the Asian Motorsport Team

The variable weather conditions at Silverstone, transitioning from dry to wet and back to dry, posed significant difficulties for the team.

The team struggled to find competitive pace. Zhou’s race was particularly affected by tyre graining and degradation early on, forcing an early pit stop that compromised his race.

Bottas finished in 15th place after managing the tricky conditions with strategic tyre changes. He noted the team’s ability to make the right calls at the right times but acknowledged the need for more pace.

Zhou: “Today wasn’t really our day”

Reflecting on his race, Zhou said, “Today wasn’t really our day. We started on softs, hoping to make the most of the time before the rain: we made some good progress but, unfortunately, the rain came too late, and by then my tyres were already gone.

“We switched to mediums, and when the rain eventually arrived, we pitted for inters. However, it felt my race was already compromised after the first stage. Overall, our single-lap pace feels similar to what we had in Barcelona, but there’s still a lot of work to do to get back into the fight for points.

“It might be a longer journey, but I hope we can find a quick fix. With the European triple header behind us, we’ll use the time before Budapest – a track that has suited us well in the past – to continue working on the car and make the right improvements.”

Alunni Bravi: “This race confirms that we lack pace”

Team Representative Alunni Bravi highlighted the team’s struggles with competitiveness. “This race confirms that we lack pace, and we were unfortunately not able to reach any of the targets we had set for ourselves before the weekend.

“Zhou’s race was compromised by starting on softs: we did not expect the levels of graining and tyre degradation that he experienced in his first stint, and which forced us into an early pitstop before the rain came out.

“Of course, coming back from there was very hard, and the remainder of his race was beyond recovery. Valtteri had a better race, with good strategy calls and pit stops.

“He was in phase with all our main competitors, but he also suffered overheating on the front axle and graining, and this affected his pace heavily – on all compounds we used today.

“We clearly need to make a step forward, and this is why we need to keep working hard to address our weaknesses through a continued and committed programme of development, starting already from the next rounds.”

Formula 1 British Grand Prix results

PosDriverNatTeamTimePts
1L. HamiltonUnited KingdomMercedes1:22:27.05925
2M. VerstappenNetherlandsOracle Red Bull Racing+1.465s18
3L. NorrisUnited KingdomMcLaren+7.547s15
4O. PiastriAustraliaMcLaren+12.429s12
5C. Sainz Jr.SpainFerrari+47.318s11
6N. HülkenbergGermanyHaas+55.722s8
7L. StrollCanadaAston Martin Aramco+56.569s6
8F. AlonsoSpainAston Martin Aramco+63.577s4
9A. AlbonThailandWilliams+68.387s2
10Y. TsunodaJapanVisa Cash App RB+79.303s1
11L. SargeantUnited StatesWilliams+88.960s0
12K. MagnussenDenmarkHaas+90.153s0
13D. RicciardoAustraliaVisa Cash App RB+1 Lap0
14C. LeclercMonacoFerrari+1 Lap0
15V. BottasFinlandKick Sauber+1 Lap0
16E. OconFranceAlpine+2 Laps0
17S. PérezMexicoOracle Red Bull Racing+2 Laps0
18G. ZhouChinaKick Sauber+2 Laps0
19G. RussellUnited KingdomMercedesDNF0
20P. GaslyFranceAlpineDNF0

Header photo credit: Sauber

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