Sauber became the latest F1 team to launch their 2013 car today when the new C32 was unveiled by Certina at the Swiss team’s wind tunnel in Hinwil, Switzerland.
Drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Guterriez were present along with Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn to show the new machine off in public for the first time. The new car harks back to the original 1993 and 1994 cars with a charcoal grey livery, and features some interesting sidepods that appear smaller than conventional wisdom would dictate.
‘The C32’ said Kaltenborn, ‘…is a logical evolution of last year’s car, which was very competitive.’
The C32 boasts Ferrari gearbox and KERS systems, and is designed to keep one step ahead of the competition in the area of tyre management, a key strength that enabled the Sauber marque to claim four podiums last season.
Matt Morris, Sauber’s Chief Designer said “Over the course of last season we invested a lot of time and energy in developing a better understanding of our car. To this end, we focused primarily on the aerodynamic effects around the rear of the car. Our aero experts have done some great work in this respect, the basis of which has been used to develop the C32.
“Our aim is to line up for 2013 with a car that is competitive from the first race, but which also offers extensive potential for further development.”
The C32 will begin preparation on track in the first test at Jerez, scheduled to start on Tuesday this coming week.