Saturday Feb. 2 saw the launch of the newest Formula 1 car from Sauber F1 Team. The team unveiled their new machine at their headquarters in Hinwil, Switzerland.
The Ferrari-powered C32’s livery features more grey than its predecessor the C31 giving the car a darker look. Other than the color scheme the most notable change from last year are the new side pods, which are extremely small compared to other F1 cars. Sauber also utilized a vanity panel to disguise the stepped nose of the car, leaving Lotus F1 Team as the only team to have launched and not used a cosmetic panel thus far.
The Swiss team is hoping that their new car will pair well with an all new driver line up and that they can continue to build on the success they found in 2012. Sergio Perez departed Sauber for McLaren and Kamui Kobayashi has yet to find a seat for 2013. Sauber will turn to German driver Nico Hulkenberg, who comes to the team by way of Force India, and Mexican rookie Esteban Gutierrez to take the wheel of the C32.
Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said of the team’s goals for 2013, “The aim is very clear and simple: We want to continue to improve ourselves.” That might be a tall order. Hulkenberg has 39 Grand Prix starts under his belt but has never landed a podium finish, and as previously mentioned Gutierrez is a rookie.
Sauber will be a young team with lofty goals in 2013, but if those tiny new side pods end up being a stroke of engineering genius, then they could find their way back to some podiums.