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

    Seems to have the same nose shape as the McLaren.

  2. So Claro are sponsoring Sauber AND Force India?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 26th January 2014, 19:00

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

    Best looking car of 2014! (So Far)

  11. I’m very interested, give us more pictures even the air intake is interesting ala 2001 Jordan.

  12. Win7Golf (@win7golf) said on 26th January 2014, 22:30

    After all the totally freaked F1 fan’s reaction to the first car’s previews, Sauber doesn’t even show the front of the car, but, from one of the photos it seams also a ‘penile’ front, even if it seams the less ugly, so far.

    I bet Red Bull and other Teams are running around trying to change there car front end before presentation, even if it is a mask job…

    Jerez is going to have a XXX Convention, instead of a Formula 1 test week… LOL

  13. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 26th January 2014, 22:33

    I’m still waiting for a 2014 nose that looks worse than a stepped nose…

  14. Lochie Martin said on 26th January 2014, 22:48

    Pretty small engine cover openings for the radiators – just like the Ferrari
    Ferrari must have given a spec to Sauber for cooling that looks less than some of the others…especially the McLaren..
    Be interesting to see what engine combo’s run hot….

  15. SauberS1 (@saubers1) said on 26th January 2014, 23:09

    This is my favourite team and i think that they have a very nice car.

    • Shimks (@shimks) said on 27th January 2014, 0:33

      I’m in Switzerland, so this is my home team. But I can’t stand Sutil. ZZzzzzzzzz.

      To me the cars this year look great so far. Looking forward to seeing if they still do out on track.

      This seems to be building into the most interesting start to the season in a long time.

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