Sauber C33: First pictures

2014 F1 cars

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

  1. Nigelstash (@nigelstash) said on 26th January 2014, 16:01

    ferrari looks best so far though

  2. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 26th January 2014, 16:03

    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. MahavirShah (@mahavirshah) said on 26th January 2014, 16:05

    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. JohnBt (@johnbt) said on 26th January 2014, 16:05

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

  5. JohnBt (@johnbt) said on 26th January 2014, 16:05

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

  6. Nick (@npf1) said on 26th January 2014, 16:07

    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) said on 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. MarkM (@mpmark) said on 26th January 2014, 16:20

    hopefully pretty ain’t slow…

  9. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 26th January 2014, 16:36

    Sauber: best looking car in 2013 and 2014 :)

  10. Alex McFarlane said on 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.

  11. Corrado (@corrado-dub) said on 26th January 2014, 17:28

    Seems to have the same nose shape as the McLaren.

  12. So Claro are sponsoring Sauber AND Force India?

  13. OOliver said on 26th January 2014, 17:55

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

  14. Guy A. Person said on 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. Maciek (@maciek) said on 26th January 2014, 19:05

    Funny how reactions can be so different to two such similar cars http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2014/01/24/mclaren-mp4-29-first-pictures/mcla-mp4-29-side-2014/
    Good old subjectivity.

  17. Gdon (@gdon) said on 26th January 2014, 19:32

    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. Breno (@austus) said on 26th January 2014, 19:59

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

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

  19. Sumedh said on 26th January 2014, 20:01

    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.

    • Todd (@braketurnaccelerate) said on 26th January 2014, 21:11

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

      See the Lotus E-22

    • Jack (@jmc200) said on 26th January 2014, 22:33

      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. Booteh (@booteh) said on 26th January 2014, 21:41

    Best looking car of 2014! (So Far)

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