SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium -- Sauber has brought a major upgrade package to the Belgian Grand Prix which was originally slated for introduction for early July.
The team has brought a new front and rear wing, floor and diffusor for both cars to run at Spa. The new parts were meant to be ready for the Austrian Grand Prix but the team's former financial struggles meant they did not materialise.
Sauber has since been purchased by Longbow Finance, securing its long-term future on the grid and allowing the team to focus on upgrades to the car as it looks to overhaul Manor in tenth position.
Speaking of his relief at seeing new parts for the weekend, driver Felipe Nasr said: "This was for round nine, and we're getting in now in so the aim is to fight higher, to possibly move up the grid and we are doing all we can to score that point.
"I see the team now on the way up, that's all I can say, it's given everybody a different perspective of things, now we can press the button and say what we have, what we can look for, whichever development we have to do, it's much easier to work this way."
Nasr does not think the upgraded parts will necessarily lead to an immediate performance boost in Belgium, but is keen to see how the car handles with the new parts.
"We're In Spa it's hard to say [what to expect] because we're running a medium downforce configuration to exploit the whole package. I won't say a number now, I'll wait for the weekend to see how the handling and balance of the car comes, because I think this is more important than just thinking about the lap time itself.
"If the balance is better for sure, if you bring us better downforce in areas we are looking to find downforce this will be a benefit, but in terms of numbers I wouldn't say more or less."