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.
She played down suggestions that the team were aiming to break into the top five in 2013: “We?óÔé¼Ôäóre 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 ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ like the team principal meetings, which I?óÔé¼Ôäóve 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.”
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