Pictures of the new Sauber F1 car


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.




68 thoughts on “Pictures of the new Sauber F1 car

  1. No new sponsorship because most companies cant afford it. It’s killing most of the teams. F1 needs to find a balance between the 80’s, where new teams were popping up every year, and now where a team goes bankrupt every year.
    Allowing customer cars for small teams would help. The technology beeing developped (aero mostly) is pointless in the real world anyway.

    1. Customer cars in F1 can never happen, it will be the death of it. See Indy car to see an example of irrelevance.
      The teams popping up were such crap they deserved to go bankrupt. Life, Andra Moda, Onyx, Monteverdi, even Tyrell was an example of a team not being able to continue with the business model they had in place, they had to sell to someone that had the $ to keep the ball rolling.
      It is no different to the real world (just on a way different $ level). Companies pop up all the time, most go bankrupt by being poorly run by people not equipt. Money, backing or knowledge wise, to get the said company running, continuing then making profit.

      The technology for 2014 will be relevant, the manufacturers are happy with the 2014 rules.
      In the end this has always been an ultra expensive sport and teams come and go.
      Roll on F1!

      1. ps
        Esteban Gutiérrez looks like he is 12 years old getting ready for a karting season. I hope Sauber continues on it’s way up.

  2. Sauber seems a smart move for Hulkenberg, although it could have been McLaren. Main thing is he’s out of the Mallya sphere. I kind of imagine him, having landed safely on deck, waving back to his former team mate who now looks very much like the last rat on the ship ‘Force India’.

    1. Would that be the sinking ship and rats that provided Hulk with a car in which he led the last GP on merit?

      At least when Joe criticises VJ he backs it up with inside knowledge or other evidence. I worry about the rest of you Force India haters I really do. Is it the name “India” that concerns you so much? If it was “Ecurie Ecosse” would that make it more acceptable? You do know their base is Silverstone not Chennai right?

      1. If you have inside knowledge that their finances are robust and Mr M can ensure the team’s survival , then that’s splendid !
        Yes, Nico did lead in Brazil, for 30 laps, with the help of worthy folk in the team. They deserve to hear good news about the future and not just wishful thinking.

  3. Sad about the sponsorship (or lack of it) I guess even improving your position within a tough midfield isn’t enough these days.

    The sport urgently needs a drastic rethink. We want well funded teams fighting it out, not a three team monopoly with a few hangers on barely scraping by.

    1. Thats the business model for football is it not? Same 2 or three teams fighting it out at the top year on year? Then one day someone comes along with more money than sense and buys their way into the elite with a cheap team and ploughs yet more money in to guarantee success. Get a grip. F1 costs money. So do most other professional sports.

    1. He does look a bit Doe in the headlights! (“Am I really here?” style. I wish I had a album of all drivers at their first photo, to suss whether a modest expression was a correlation to success, but Esteban looks like a good’n to me.)

      1. And when you read his quotes he’s like ‘I’m not sure if I’m ready but here I am…’
        Either he is massively going for the underdog position, or he really doesn’t feel up to it. Time will tell.

    1. That was my first reaction too. If Sakon Yamamoto starts getting drives from about Germany on, we can start really worrying.

    1. Moreover he tends to behave like that on track, not always but rather too often. God knows how well would Sauber perform with Kobayashi alongside Hulkenberg. If only one or two medium-sized japanese sponsors helped Kamui earlier…

  4. So Joe is it me or is that car getting a little to close in color scheme to Mercedes? Why the switch from white? Is this indicative a sponsorship yet to be announced, but close enough that a color change was worth doing for the season?

      1. I think it is on the nose near the cockpit. I also heard Dekra was going to sponser them but its only on Hulks cap

      2. Joe, what does Peter Nygaard think the best colours are for taking pictures of the cars?

        I seem to remember having trouble taking pics of the Sauber and Force India in 2010, but the light wasn’t good and neither was my camera at the time 😉

    1. Don’t worry the logo is still on billboards of sponsors. At the launch event, both drivers were even seen wearing Chelsea jerseys with a football. Pictures of it are available upon request 🙂

    2. Chelsea’s logo is just in front of the cockpit. I am suprised to see that none of Sauber’s sponsors from Mexico went to McLaren.

  5. While I can sympathize with the desire to leave one’s Saturedays open – and for a car launch I don’t get the Saturday idea either – you of course have seen the NASCAR schedule of some 30 odd weekends. While it is only in the US, I suspect those covering that series regularly would switch in a heartbeat. 🙂

    In any event, and switching topics entirely, is is refreshing to see a much more attractive car that what they presented last season. 2012 was a low point for the team in terms of the visual. Let’s hope that they haven’t sacrificed performance for looks. 🙂

  6. Here are the team standings from last year.

    1 Red Bull Racing-Renault 460
    2 Ferrari 400
    3 McLaren-Mercedes 378
    4 Lotus-Renault 303
    5 Mercedes 142
    6 Sauber-Ferrari 126
    7 Force India-Mercedes 109
    8 Williams-Renault 76
    9 STR-Ferrari 26
    10 Caterham-Renault 0
    11 Marussia-Cosworth 0
    12 HRT-Cosworth 0

    It will be hard for Sauber to do better than last year. Look at the teams above it. It’s amazing to see Williams down in eighth place. Nico seems like a good choice for Sauber. He finished all but two races last year and scored around twice as many points as di Resta. Di Resta retired only once. It would be exciting to see Nico next to Button instead of Sergio. He might have been faster than Jenson this year.

    Nico will harvest points for Sauber. I don’t know about his team mate though.

    1. A mistake on my part..

      The actual points are 63 and 46 respectively. Where I went wrong is that when checking the scores I confused the two Nicos and Rosberg scored 93 points.


  7. So far all the cars look the same, give or take minor details copied from other cars of last year. Prettier, but the same. At least we now have a grey one.

    It’s inevitable after all this time of course. Actually, I’m now looking forward to next year’s designs – maybe someone will break the mould and do something exciting.

  8. Beautiful looking car with an interesting aerodynamic addition to the sidepods…
    Yes, Sauber: the thinking mans Formula One Team!

  9. No technical insight I can gain, but super use of greys, contrast, paints, and highlighting the Claro, Telmex and NEC logos. For me, so far, this is a aesthetic win. Company I rate for luminaries (boring term for a lamp sans the bulb) is ERCO. Their entire philosophy is you should never see the lamp or even notice the light. I see in my mind a similar concept. Don’t see the car, no. don’t, see the results. Fits entirely with Peter S’s style. Reckon will look really good on track. Looks somehow stealthy, like it will merge with the tarmac, and be that much more difficult to see as it cleanly passes . . .

    1. Luminaires, doh, not luminaries – spell check blues again. How did we develop a language before them, or are they the warning of the end of writing? Anyhow, not their shill, but ERCO might have a lock hold on big lighting contracts by mind – share (even if they really only have a proportion, they lead the thought process) and even as a very small customer, they’re amazingly open people. Example of success by not being secretive. They try to educate, and “Lichtbericht” their newsletter is accessible to anybody to appreciate. I’ve dealt with most of the big commercial lighting companies, my brother with more specialised automotive departments, but ERCO for some reason are the boys and girls who will take the time to speak to a regular guy like me, when the others will not.

      Saying all this, because I think it’s a example to other industries, and maybe to F1, along the old adage Professionals Have No Secrets, only the very rarest stuff is kept under wraps, but in the end if you keep everything to yourself, you’ve no economy to support your ideas.

      When I was a teen, every big company prodiced a magazine, usually available to anyone who asked for free, detailing their tech. If you do not believe the power of this, read up on how Oracle Corp got their big idea from a IBM Systems Journal, and basically did things faster and found a market. Sadly things like that mad people choke up about printing such magazines . .

      In F1 a possible parallel is Ferrari when they spent like lunatics. They won, but they drained heir sport, and then they stopped doing so well, and the whole rules argument I think took over racing life ever since, trying to counteract unimaginable expenditure.

      Off topic and FWIW, tip: all the main European lighting systems do work together, they just won’t admit it. Somewhere in a ISO spec sheet that cosats 200 quid to download as PDF, is the reasons for the standards, but even in a home, buying the commercial spec stuff means you can plug in almost anything. Cannot say this enough times: what you buy at retail from a no – name or rebrand (say John Lewis etc) is just trash compared with what sells in huge contract deals, no way to beat serious scale engineering, and I could design a spot lamp, but scale means the big guys can sell at less than your local ‘leccy shop will sell you trash. It’s that much cheaper. I have had a single light on 24/7 as experiment for 2 years and nearly 3 months. This is a interesting one: it’s not in a fixture, just suspended open. (12V so quite safe) The same halogen in a cheap fixture burned out in a few weeks, because of poor heat management. Yes, they sell you lights to deliberately blow up your lights. Don’t get me started on “eco” bulbs. LEDs, Philips or Cree (often Philips are Cree) are super now.. But with no good heatsinks, that imaginary 20 year bulb life is potentially 20 minutes ..

      If Facebook think it important enough publish specs for their servers, something valuable of itself, but irrelevant to how they compete, when is F1 going to talk more openly about the tech? Just aside, there’d be so much to write about, suss and explain, you’d have a resurgence in talk and coverage.

      1. my apologies to all for my awful typos lately, i trapped a nerve in my left arm, and am a feeling like i should howl from the roofs of Notre Dames whilst my body is so contorted!

              1. No worries, no offense taken. Though I did want to say “read less” 🙂

                I do take breaks, you know . .

              1. and never forget the wonderful googleplex. Saying there is no privacy any more never wins you friends, but it’s oh so close to reality. . . How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb!

  10. A little sneer to Frijns there! He apparently didn’t read his contract and complained this week about the fact that he gets almost no driving.

  11. I’m thinking that, with those side dams, the stepped nose might finally have some measurable aerodynamic effect.

  12. Looks good – but it wouldn’t be hard to look better than last year’s Sauber – probably the ugliest car from the 2012 grid with an ugly shape and ugly paint job.

    Does anyone know – what is the process for getting a paint job on an F1 car? Do they go to designer or sponsors first? Do the sponsor’s design it themselves?
    I’d love to see a behind the scenes of how many iterations they go through to keep every sponsor happy.

  13. really low resolution files, must note. And some of these launches look like renders, not physical cars. Lotus on my suspect list. Can anyone please launch a car looking normal out front a garage with some happy looking engineering folk, or is that not allowed? I do like things t be pretty, but I’m not wowed by shiny shiny. Suddenly I find the McLaren and Lotus “launches” symbolic of being too much and uncool. I should not speak, testing will start and we’ll see a bit more, but actually, despite I love the grey scheme Sauber use, it’s all saccharine, and I have the most stinging feeling that it’s gone more wrong this year, all shiny suits hoping to impress at the prom . . relative to any other glistening new launches, of course,

    1. If you want realism/truth/practicality – why do they even need a launch at all?

      Just roll it our of the track at testing and do some laps – no fanfare needed

    2. Bearing in mind the launches we’ve seen in the past eg ‘Flavio’s’ Benetton in St Marks Square, Venice, they are pretty tame (lame?) affairs – thank goodness probably. I’m for simple, at the track stuff unless there’s something really exceptional to look at, which won’t happen anyway – unless someone’s drop a ‘proverbial’!

        1. Pity, really. Corporate control is often silly. A million bright artists might pitch in for free or expenses if they had a chance. Harvesting that was not a small part of Benetton’s game plan (business, not F1) IMO.

  14. Let’s see if the car can be maintain a proper level of cooling while running on track. I do happen to remember a certain car called MP4-18…

  15. Plain have to say it, this car simply draws me in. The dark shades will keep it from looking spattered end of race. Under track lights at S’pore it will be almost Batmobile, unlike others there’s no overdoing it with the red or crazy colors. Most of all, it’s the strongest livery change, a simple inverse, and suddenly the sponsor logos look so well balanced, authoritative. I’d do unmentionable things to have my logo on the back of this.

    Joe, if you ever get a chance, can you not arm twist one of the car livery designers (ideally the entire design team, and let them rip, design speak is always very personal, never laconic) to interview for GP+? I’d not make that so exclusive, though. At least do a excerpt on the blog.The interest from design blogs and readers out there would be unbelievable. (just untold numbers from pencil artists to architectural simulation people, vast vast audience, who would appreciate it even if not racing fans, talkative lot, naturally) Every designer wants to do a big name logo, but it’s not a huge step down setting a logo in context amid this much publicity.

    Whilst I’m gushing, whatever Monisha is doing looks to me to be the best joined up team management out there. Here’s hoping Peter S finally comes to the pointy end of the field.

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