Sauber go grey for 2013 F1 season
Hinwil, Switzerland (dpa) – Sauber presented Saturday its Formula One car for the new season, with the Swiss team changing the livery from white to grey.
The C32-Ferrari was unveiled by its new driving team of Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez at the team’s headquarters in Hinwil, Switzerland.
Sauber F1 drivers Nico Hulkenberg (L) of Germany and Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico pose for photographers after unveiling the C32-Ferrari Formula One car. REUTERS
Sauber aim to build on last season when it finished sixth in the constructors’ championship, with Mexican Sergio Perez 10th and Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi 12th in the drivers’ championship.
Perez has since joined McLaren while Kobayashi has left the team.
Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said the C32-Ferrari was based on the 2012 version which she described as a “very competitive” car.
“We have a strong base on which we want to build and continue to improve,” she said.
Like other teams, Sauber has departed from the stepped-nose look with the C32 bearing a smoother, slighty downward-sloping nose and slimmer central and rear sections to improve aerodynamics.
“We have set ourselves lofty goals with the Sauber C32-Ferrari, and I’m confident that we’ll be able to meet them, chief designer Matt Morris said on the team’s website.
“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.”
Sauber’s launch follows similar presentations by the McLaren, Lotus, Ferrari and Force India teams this week. Red Bull are to unveil its new car Sunday, with Mercedes and Toro Rosso following on Monday.