It’s the week that keeps on giving – cars that is. Today Sauber unveiled their 2013 challenger to the world. the C32. Revealed in a rain soaked Hinwill, Switzerland it is fair to say that Sauber’s backdrop was not as glamorous at McLaren’s or Lotus’ however the car didn’t disappoint.
Many questioned whether the C32 would have a stepped nose or a modesty panel. Thus far, the modesty panel has been the norm. Fans thoughts regarding this matter are mixed. A modesty panel relieved many; even the presenter expressed his joy. It seems to be a combination of the two. The centre appears to present a stepped nose, the side differs entirely in its approach – the modesty panel is more noticeable here.
The covers were removed swiftly; thank you Monisha Kalternborn. “We cannot take our sponsors for granted” she said, fortunately they didn’t all have to talk. Yes Ferrari and McLaren I’m talking to you!
The car includes small side pods (they’re almost invisible) the Sauber C32 is the first car to use this device so secretly. Members of the team referenced Sergio Perez’s crash in Monaco and how that helped them come up with this innovative design. Interesting approach. Furthermore the livery on this car is also beautiful, very unusual. Esteban Guitterez was impressed too.
It seems as if, unusually for Sauber, these two drivers may stick to long term contracts with the team. “We think he’s a very efficient driver” Kalternborn said of Nico Hulkenberg. The long term sponsors who were referenced during the launch, suggest a regular seat is attainable at the team for the Mexican too.
This car signals a change of direction with two new drivers and a new Team Principal. However Kaltenborn herself suggested that the car was heavily based on the previous car – only its weaknesses had been eradicated. It’s a understandable approach to have, after all that car achieved four podiums last year. Nico Hulkenberg has obtained a pole position in his career, he’ll hope to add to that list.
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