Sauber launch C32 Ferrari

Sauber unveiled its 2013 chassis the C32 at its Hinwil factory on Saturday.

The new car is the first to be launched under team principal Monisha Kaltenborn and will be driven by Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez.

With few rule changes for the 2013 season the new Sauber is based on the successful C31 with the strengths of the car being improved and the team aiming to eliminate the weaknesses.

One of the most intriguing features of the new C32 is the nose of the car. Sauber have disguised the stepped nose when viewing the car from the side by introducing high sides but the step remains visible from the front.

The C32 also features smaller sidepods which are streamlined to help further performance. The rear end of the car has also been changed to boost the aerodynamics of the car with the team adopting a McLaren style exhaust layout.

The car’s livery has also been heavily revised. The C32 now features graphite grey paint work with elements of white and red.

The outfits 2012 car was very successful with the team achieving sixth in the constructors championship and finishing on the podium four times.

Kaltenborn said: “”The aim is very clear and simple: we want to continue to improve ourselves and a key factor in this is the car.”

She said that the team had very high expectations of its two “very fast, very talented drivers.”

The car certainly looks striking and despite the livery drawing some comparisons with HRTs 2010 car, appearance wise it is the best looking car to be launched so far this year.

The new Sauber could have the potential to get amongst the big boys and produce some impressive results, but we will have to wait and see when testing begins next week whether this car really has the ability to produce surprises in 2013.

The C32 will get its first outing at the first pre-season test in Jerez next week.

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