On a Saturday morning, most folk like to relax, do some DIY, go to the market and generally not do what they do at work. The problem is worse for the F1 fraternity, which gives away at least 19 Saturdays a year and so the few that are left are more precious. Thus it is probably not the best day to be launching an F1 car, even if you are trying to avoid a date clash with Ferrari. Still, F1 teams do not consider the real world and so Sauber unveiled its new car and the picture above shows you what the car will look like.
Despite the team’s good showing last year there is no obvious new sponsorship, which must be very disappointing for the team, which was talking to several big corporations about new deals.
“We put some good foundations in place last year,” said Monisha Kaltenborn, the Sauber CEO and shareholder. “Now we want to build on that base and continue to improve as a team. We’re not saying we want to finish in this or that position in the standings, as ultimately other factors will also come into play that are outside our control. What we can be clear about, however, is that we want to continue on our upward curve. Esteban Gutiérrez’s relationship with the team goes back to 2010, and we have introduced him steadily to the world of Formula One. Now he is ready to take the final step. We expect him to learn quickly and turn his considerable talent into good results. Nico Hülkenberg has impressed us on many occasions, not only with his speed but, most importantly, by how efficiently he has driven. It is this level of efficiency that we hope to see this year again. And, of course, we expect him to contribute his technical experience. I’m in no doubt that we have a strong driver pairing in place. As for Robin Frijns, our test and reserve driver, this year is quite simply about learning as much as possible.”
The team collected four podiums last year.