Sauber C32 launch: First pictures and video

2013 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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  1. I have a feeling this will be a very quick car. Not quite as quick as the top 4 perhaps, but could well continue its path of derailing Mercedes…in Hulkenberg’s hands anyway.

  2. Best looking F1 car for about 6 years. Love it.

  3. as soon as i saw it i thought of the 2010 HRT, but despite that i think it looks great, im not convinced that the colour will look as good under sunlight as it does under the fancy lighting in these pictures though.

  4. So far iv been really impressed with how all the cars look and I’m hoping it stays that way especially Mercedes

  5. With the exception of Lotus, they all seem to have the same exhaust.

  6. I’d have to agree it is very HRT but i DO like it..!
    Always had a bit of a soft spot for this team :)

    Those side pods are either really narrow or the ‘fins’ are way out there..

  7. Too many silvery-glossed cars on the grid now.

  8. Santo Carmina (@)
    2nd February 2013, 11:52

    I think this and the Lotus are the best looking cars, Ferrari’s close too. I’m looking forward to seeing the new Mercedes too, Red Bull’s generally look similar every year.

  9. Best looking car yet, looks like a race winner.

  10. Apart from that it looks AWESOME,

    Sauber apparently couldn’t make up its mind regarding modesty panel and stepped nose, so they did both. According to Scarbs, there is a slot in the nose cone similar to last year’s, but I haven’t spotted that one yet. The sidepods have changed significantly: it’s much, much slimmer, which was a result of repackaging. They have given up their previous exhaust lay-out and came up with a solution that is similar to McLaren’s, Force India’s and Ferrari’s. Also there are some clues that they might try the DRD!

  11. wowsers that looks incredible

  12. What a slick looking car. I must say the livery looks better than any ive seen on their car over the past few years. Interestingly, no team has given really good shots of the rear of the car yet. I don’t remember seeing any on McLaren and FI atleast. With the rules being more or less similar, I cant make out any appreciable changes on any teams car. Exhaust oriented season in the offering maybe?

    1. @mahavirshah

      I don’t remember seeing any on McLaren

      I took plenty myself:

      McLaren MP4-28 launch: First pictures and video

      But that’s besides the point as the bodywork will be changed considerably in time for the new season.

      1. @keithcollantine Ah I seemed to have missed them then. But what I believe is that teams will focus much more on the rear end of their cars. In the run up to the first race, secrecy might border on the level of paranoia.

  13. I think it looks brilliant.

    Magnificent, even…

    1. Love your avatar. Surely your fish should be super thin around the waist?!

  14. Where is the CHELSEA logo gone?

      1. So, if its true to their sponsors form, one of their drivers will be brought in for £50million and utterly fail to perform.

        1. @bendana – I think it’s more likely that one of their drivers will bring in £50m and competely fail to perform, *cough* Gutierrez *cough*! ;)

          1. Are Caterham still based in the Nrth-east? BEcause after todays result against NEwcastle, I think they might pull a surprise this year.

            How far can I stretch this joke, I wonder?

  15. Holy Hellfire, thats a seriously good looking car.

  16. I liked the Sauber colours of majority white with some black…especially the 2011 car. So I’m not a big fan of this livery. But if goes like a rocket, then who cares.

    It does have a little of that 1993/1994 colour Sauber livery about it.

    Anyway I hope this team gives the F1 order the biggest shake-up.

  17. If I squint I can imagine Hulkenberg is driving a McLaren!

  18. The Sauber is gray, McLaren is silver chrome, and Mercedes is silver color, all colors are derived and beautiful too, but I think it is very similar visually.

  19. Reminds me of the 1991 Fondmetal!

    I reckon Hulkenberg will win a race this year. Just a hunch.

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