Sunday, 26 January 2014

Sauber C33 Is The Same But Different

2014 Sauber C33
The livery might be the same - albeit lacking a big sponsor - but the car is of course very different. Sauber have released the first picture of the new C33, which will again be powered by Ferrari. The low angle isn't best for judging the nose, but it appears to be the same as the Williams FW36, except with the front wing struts further forward like the McLaren MP4-29. The subtle metallic grey with white details looks as cool as it did in 2013, while the top-mounted air intake behind the cockpit appears to be A-shaped. A for Adrian, perhaps? Sutil has made a sideways jump from Force India, effectively swapping places with Nico Hülkenberg, who still can't get a seat in a top team. Poor bugger. Filling the other seat is Esteban Gutierrez, who will be hoping to actually get some decent results this year. The Hinwil, Switzerland-based team has employed former Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde and Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin (no, not the other meerkat in those ads) as reserve drivers, meaning they get to do lots of simulator work and occasionally drive the real car on Fridays.

No other pictures are out yet, but you can read Sauber's info page here, where they explain the changes and give you some specs.

UPDATE (27/1): The announcement of a new sponsor for the Swiss team reveals that their nose is the same as a dolphin's. How appropriate that it's finished in grey... and says "Unifin" on it!

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