MONTMELO, SPAIN - MARCH 10: Pascal Wehrlein of Germany driving the (94) Sauber F1 Team Sauber C36 Ferrari on track during the final day of Formula One winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March 10, 2017 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The 2017 Formula One World Championship will be a special one for the Sauber Formula One team as the Hinwil based squad celebrate 25 years of competition in the pinnacle of Motorsports.

With all testing done and dusted and cars loaded onto the official FIA planes to start their long journey to Australia, all that’s really left to do now is wait until the gates open at Albert Park and the pit lights go green.

The Albert Park Circuit is a rather special venue and not a permanent race track, thus the surface will be improving throughout the weekend, weather permitting.

It’s abrasiveness is usually expected as quite moderate so Pirelli has allocated the soft, supersoft and ultrasoft compounds for the race weekend.

When it comes to set-up for the new C36, braking stability and traction from low speed as well as sharp changes of direction will be important factors.

For Pascal Wehrlein, next weekend will hold even more significance as it will be his first race for the Sauber outfit and he has complete and utter trust in his team to make the race one to remember…..

“The Australian Grand Prix will be very special for me and also for the Sauber F1 Team,” he said. “It is the beginning of my new role as a Formula One race driver in the Swiss team, and I am sure when those five lights go out it will be a unique moment on the race day. During the second week of pre-season testing I had productive days, where I was able to get quite familiar with the Sauber C36-Ferrari procedures.”

“After intense physical preparations in the last few weeks I am excited about going to Melbourne, and I feel ready and well-prepared for the challenging season opener. It looks promising at the moment for me, but we never know until we get to Melbourne. I have full trust in our teamwork.”