Drivers: Nico Hulkenberg, Esteban Gutierrez
2012 Constructors position: 6th
2012 Driver position: Hulkenberg 12th (driving for Force India), Gutierrez (rookie)
Sauber impressed in 2012 taking four podiums during the course of the season. Sergio Perez took three of those podiums early in the season being edged out by Fernando Alonso for second in Malaysia and finishing third in Canada and second in Italy. In September Perez was announced as a McLaren driver for 2013 and in the races after the announcement he failed to score points for Sauber, leading some to question his suitability for McLaren. Kamui Kobayashi had a mixed season scoring on eight occasions and taking one podium at his home Grand Prix in Japan. Despite finishing the championship in 12th the Japanese driver was not retained for the 2013 season.
Sauber starts 2013 with two new drivers- Nico Hulkenberg and Estaban Gutierrez and will hope to build on their 2012 success. It could be suggested that Sauber have got the better deal with signing Hulkenberg to replace Perez. Hulkenberg began to shine as the season came to a close and should be able to push Sauber and help develop the team. Gutierrez will have to acclimatise to the team and make take a few races to produce competitive results. Expect Hulkenberg to out-race and out-score Gutierrez, a win for the team could be possible, especially with the 2013 tyres, but should not be expected. The team should be able to maintain sixth in the constructors championship.
The car has looked strong during pre-season testing and should be competitive in the midfield. Working together the two drivers have the ability to produce some good results but it is yet to be seen whether more podiums will be possible in 2013.
Predicted 2013 Constructors position: 6th