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. RehMic (@mich747all) said on 26th January 2014, 15:35

    Best looking nose so far. Tight sidepod like we’ve seen on F14T … does that mean Ferrari engine need less cooling?

  2. Aimal (@aimalkhan) said on 26th January 2014, 15:43

    Surely the FIA would have anticipated these ugly noses( again)… The pre-2009 cars has low noses as well and that didn’t force the teams to designs such ugly cars. can anyone please explain the specific rule change that has resulted in such ugly noses?

    • Paul A (@paul-a) said on 26th January 2014, 16:51

      Lots of use of the word “ugly” for the last few days. Who cares? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder — all I care about is the performance.
      Anyone else remember the first rear-engined F1 car? When I saw Jack Brabham’s Cooper at the the 1957 Monaco GP, there was all sorts of talk about “how it looked” and most people weren’t impressed. But who would go back to an engine in front of the driver nowadays?

      • Albrecht said on 27th January 2014, 10:21

        If you don’t care about how the car look, it’s a bit weird to see you in the comment section of a post about pictures, which say nothing about the car’s performance.

        And there again, just because you aren’t interested in how the cars look it doesn’t mean everybody else isn’t.

    • johnny stick said on 26th January 2014, 16:57

      Aimal, I think the cars are different because you can’t unlearn what you know now. Cars in the 80s had low noses because the designers did not realize how much more down force high noses would produce. As technology marches on, there is no going back.

  3. Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 26th January 2014, 15:46

    best looking car so far but i have to wait until i wil see the images from the front because i still have some doubts about the nose

  4. Milansson (@milansson) said on 26th January 2014, 15:59

    from this picture I think, that the nose will be very similar to the McLaren one. maybe a little bit better-looking, but anyway.. it’s funny.. apart of the ugly noses, most of the cars look better than 2013.. at least to me..

  5. Nigelstash (@nigelstash) said on 26th January 2014, 16:00

    Pen*s noses are better looking than stepped noses and low noses are better looking than high noses. All this year’s cars look better.

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

    ferrari looks best so far though

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

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

    hopefully pretty ain’t slow…

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

    Sauber: best looking car in 2013 and 2014 :)

  15. 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.

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