The Sauber F1 Team has seen a lot of changes since last year. Monisha Kaltenborn was named the new Team Principal by outgoing boss Peter Sauber who gifted a third of the team’s equity to Kaltenborn. Sergio Perez who shined in the Sauber C31 moved to McLaren in 2013 while Kamui Kobayashi has been replaced by youngster Esteban Gutiérrez. Sauber last year was a wild card in the equation that is Formula 1, delivering shockingly good performances every now and then.
The new drivers unveiled the Sauber C32 Ferrari, at the team’s base in Hinwil, Switzerland. The engine, gearbox and KERS system in the C32 are provided by Ferrari.
“We have had our eye on Nico Hülkenberg for some time and have been impressed by his performances. He is very quick, but, most importantly, he’s also very efficient. He understands how to pick up as many points as possible from a particular race situation.” said the team principal of their decision to have Nico in the team. “Esteban Gutiérrez is a driver we know very well as a result of a relationship with the team going back several years, and he has already had a number of opportunities to test with our car. Plus, he has always stayed in close contact with our engineers, which has allowed him to learn a lot about Formula One. I’m in no doubt he is now ready to take the final step and put his outstanding talent on display.” she added.
Esteban won the GP3 championship in 2010 and finished third last year in GP2. He was also the reserve and test driver for Sauber last year.
The Sauber C32 Ferrari has a slightly sloping nose and much slimmer sidepods. The arrangement of the radiators has changed radically from the 2012 C31 and this is what has led to slimmer rear, something that the engineering team has prioritized.
The rear suspension is again pull rod setup but the layout has been designed to better interact with the airflow around the rear of the car and also improve tyre management.
“We have set ourselves lofty goals with the Sauber C32-Ferrari, and I’m confident that we’ll be able to meet them. The C31 gave us a very good basis, to which we’ve made further improvements. 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,” summed up Matt Morris, the Sauber F1 Team’s Chief Designer.