Sauber C32 launch: First pictures and video

2013 F1 cars

The Sauber C32 has been revealed by the team at its base in Hinwil, Switzerland.

The team aim to build on a successful 2012 season which included four podium finishes. But they have an all-new driver line-up to get used to with Nico Hulkenberg arriving from Force India to partner their former reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez.

“We have very high expectations of them and they know that,” said team principal Monisha Kaltenborn prior to the car’s launch.

Sauber C32, 2013“We put some good foundations in place last year. And now we want to build on that base and continue to improve as a team,” Kaltenborn added.

She played down suggestions that the team were aiming to break into the top five in 2013: “We?re not saying we want to finish in this or that position in the standings, as ultimately other factors will also come into play that are outside our control. What we can be clear about, however, is that we want to continue on our upward curve.”

Kaltenborn is starting her first full season as team principal, a position she inherited from Peter Sauber last year.

“On the one hand, not that much has changed for me since I took on the role, because I was already involved in a lot of things beforehand ?ǣ like the team principal meetings, which I?ve been attending for some time already.

“On the other hand, it is still something special because now all the responsibility rests on my shoulders. And that creates a certain extra pressure, of course.”

Chief designer Matt Morris said the C32’s predecessor was an “extremely competitive car” and the new car aimed to “eliminate its few weaknesses”.

“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.”

More pictures of the drivers’ helmets can be found in their updated biographies:

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131 comments on Sauber C32 launch: First pictures and video

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  1. Andy S said on 2nd February 2013, 11:09

    Much much better livery.

  2. tandrews (@tomand95) said on 2nd February 2013, 11:09

    HRT from 2010?

  3. mrjlr93 (@mrjlr93) said on 2nd February 2013, 11:09

    i like it alot

  4. Much better livery.

  5. MilleniumBug (@milleniumbug) said on 2nd February 2013, 11:09

    Sweet-looking thing there

  6. AB (@laform) said on 2nd February 2013, 11:09

    Dark grey… remember the first HRT car livery?

    • Oople said on 2nd February 2013, 11:12

      I don’t think it’s as dark a grey as the HRT…

      The position of the white and red is much better than the HRT, it gives it a slicker look than the lazily dumped colour, IMO.

  7. Gareth (@gazz1989) said on 2nd February 2013, 11:13

    Is it me or is there a rather large lac of sponsos on this car?

  8. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 2nd February 2013, 11:13

    That is a dam fine car. The dark livery makes it look menacing! And the nose has a modesty panel.

    Lotus has thus far been incorrect on every team “having the step”. Aside from themselves.

  9. Giggsy11 (@giggsy11) said on 2nd February 2013, 11:14

    Very smart, its different I like it. I can see the comments about how it looks like the HRT in 2010 coming from a mile off. The nose looks very interesting. Its nose looks much lower compared to the rest of the field so far, I wonder if they’ve missed a trick here or are very confident about getting enough air to the floor of the car. The sidpods also look very small and aggressive. Not bad at all Sauber.

  10. The sidepods are particularly interesting. The intakes appear incredibly small and the car is very tightly packaged towards the rear, which may help aerodynamics. Are Sauber using the McLaren-style Coanda, Red Bull tunnels or something else?

    • Candice said on 2nd February 2013, 11:19

      mclaren style.

    • Cosmas (@cosmas) said on 2nd February 2013, 13:21

      @vettel, you are right, these are the most compacted sidepod’s until now.
      Something else a noticed but i ‘am not 100% sure because of the not so clear photos , is the front suspension.
      It looks like the steering axle is embedded with the upper wishbone the same way as the rear suspension of RB8 was with the drive axle (which is copied this year by both ferrari and mclaren).
      I don’t know if this i possible but except the two wishbones i see only the push rod suspension.

      • @cosmas – no problem! Interesting point you’ve raised regarding the front suspension, I’ll have a look to see if there’s anything on Scarbs etc. on the subject.

        The sidepods suggest to me that Sauber have found a more effective way of packaging all the internal components and improving cooling efficiency, which may mean that the car is now less draggy due to the decreased frontal surface area (which should help top speed). However, I wonder how the packaging will affect the efficiency of the exhaust-generated downforce, as the shape may affect the flow attachment and possibly the coke bottle flow. It may yield positive results and maybe not; I guess we’ll find out soon enough!

    • Cosmas (@cosmas) said on 2nd February 2013, 13:26

      @vettel1, i forgot the 1 Max

    • Cosmas (@cosmas) said on 2nd February 2013, 13:56

      @vettel1, i think you could see it better in this photo (from AMuS) better.

  11. Very nice. Much better than the zebra crossing livery they had last year!

  12. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 2nd February 2013, 11:18

    Great looking car :) nice livery!

  13. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 2nd February 2013, 11:19

    Wow, seems some people at Sauber have been reading F1fanatic!

    The new car looks beautiful!

    • Oople said on 2nd February 2013, 11:25

      I was thinking just that!

      It’s a shame they couldn’t incorporate more Blue into the Colour Scheme…
      Currently Red is on EVERY car launched, so far!

  14. sam3110 (@sam3110) said on 2nd February 2013, 11:20

    Would look better black with a red and white design, white wings imo

  15. Ivano (@) said on 2nd February 2013, 11:21

    “We have very high expectations of them and they know that,” said team principal Monisha.

    She tries too hard to prove her position, and ends up sounding like a rhetorical mafia boss. Oh Peter, why…

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