Sauber C33, 2014

Sauber C33: First pictures

2014 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sauber C33, 2014

Sauber have revealed the C33, their new car for the 2014 season.

Chief designer Eric Gandelin said the team have focused on developing a car which will permit them “maximum flexibility” under Formula One’s new rules.

“The radical changes to the technical regulations for 2014 mean that it?s even harder than usual to make predictions for the new season,” said Gandelin.

“We know what kind of package we?ve put together here, and we are happy with what we achieved, but it is difficult to foresee what shape our rivals are in. The earliest opportunity to gain an impression of where the teams are in relation to one another will come during testing.”

Gandelin added the team have made reliability a “high priority” when designing the new car as they expect many teams to have problems at the beginning of the season. The team intend to concentrate on reliability in the first test at Jerez next week before introducing performance upgrades for the two Bahrain tests.

“The car will be fully functional, but without a number of performance parts, which will be introduced for the two tests in Bahrain,” said Gandelin.

“On the one hand this gives us time to maximise the development of these performance relevant parts, and on the other hand we can run the car during the first test and check all the systems, which we feel is crucial, considering all the technical changes.”

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98 comments on “Sauber C33: First pictures”

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  1. ferrari looks best so far though

  2. I suspect this one, like the Force India, has a sting not in the tail, but in the nose.
    I’ll try and watch the races from the side this year – the cars are looking good from that angle at least.

    Unlike the photographic community (Darren Heath, James Moy I like their colour scheme, but I hope Williams do something yellow (or Martini-striped ) higher up to distinguish their car a bit more from the Sauber.

  3. The car does look nice, although I am quite disappointed with the livery. It does not appear to be different from last years car. Otherwise looks like a decent package.

  4. Best looking so far. McLaren, Williams and Mercedes very similar. Sauber will be too. Prefer the 2014 noses than the stepped ones.

  5. Best looking so far. McLaren, Williams and Mercedes very similar. Sauber will be too. Prefer the 2014 noses than the stepped ones.

  6. I like the natural curve of the nose, but the rest is pretty dull. I do have to compliment them for the positioning of the Claro sponsorship on the front wing endplate, which is a pretty nice way to incorporate sponsors into the technical side of the car. They seem to have borrowed Ferrari’s front wing, though.

  7. Steph (@stephanief1990)
    26th January 2014, 16:11

    The livery is better than last year’s but it still isn’t great. The actual shape of the car is easily the best we’ve seen so far. The nose doesn’t even look that bad!

  8. hopefully pretty ain’t slow…

  9. Sauber: best looking car in 2013 and 2014 :)

  10. Alex McFarlane
    26th January 2014, 17:22

    I quite like this one, the wing pylons seem to have been located in such a way as to make the transition to the finger less noticeable, less jarring. If this is the case when the car is seen from other angles, I hope this design is successful as at first glance this seems the most elegant solution and other teams may follow suit.

    1. teams will not follow for “elegance”, only if its fast. if sauber in struggling you can bet this nose will be off in no time.

  11. Seems to have the same nose shape as the McLaren.

  12. So Claro are sponsoring Sauber AND Force India?

    1. Geoff the anteater
      26th January 2014, 18:57

      Where are their drivers from?

    2. Marlboro sponsored a ton of drivers in F1, just look at how many drivers are wearing their logo at the first race of 1996.

  13. How is this nose much different from what Mclaren did?
    This is simply a Walrus – Elephant seal Hybrid.

  14. Guy A. Person
    26th January 2014, 18:56

    At the very least, it doesn’t look like it has a slot quite as noticeable as the McLaren’s. That didn’t help the… less than savory effect that nose created.

    As for the livery, it looks the same, and that’s a good thing. The Sauber looked fantastic last year, and it looks good again this year.

  15. I guess it’s not just the angle, the car is definitely a beauty

  16. Funny how reactions can be so different to two such similar cars
    Good old subjectivity.

  17. I am going a bit off side here with all the nose comments and stuff, but look at the background on the photo, what do you see? A concrete structure held up by springs??*** is that?

  18. I dont like the gray, I would prefer flat black, maybe.

    Also, I think Sauber’s… nose is bigger than Mclaren’s.

  19. May be I am seeing too much, but the sidepods also look smaller compared to Mclaren and Williams.

    May be Ferrari indeed have an easy-to-cool engine. The advantage of that could be massive. Ferrari-engined cars will have a more strealined body allowing more air to go the diffuser.

    We now need to see the sidepod of a Renault-powered car.

    1. Todd (@braketurnaccelerate)
      26th January 2014, 21:11

      We now need to see the sidepod of a Renault-powered car.

      See the Lotus E-22

    2. The Ferrari side pods a small too, compared to the huge McLaren ones. It’s possible they do have a cooling advantage, we’ll see the Marussia on Tuesday. This is why I’m enjoying these ugly cars, to see who’s got it right.

  20. Best looking car of 2014! (So Far)

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