Sauber has become the fifth team to take the covers off its 2013 Grand Prix challenger, with the Swiss team doing the honours at its Hinwil factory.
The C32 design comes off the back of the hugely successful C31, which claimed four podium finishes en route to placing the team sixth overall in the Constructors’ Championship standings.
Logically, the Ferrari-powered C32 represents an evolution of the successes of its predecessor, rather than opting for a wholesale redesign.
“The aim is very clear and simple: we want to continue to improve ourselves,” Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said.
“The Sauber C32 is based on its predecessor, which was a very competitive car. It had a lot of strengths and some weaknesses, and our engineers have worked to build on those strengths and eliminate the weaknesses.”
While its most notable change is actually in its livery scheme – now largely grey as opposed to predominantly white in the years before – the C32 does not do away with the ‘stepped nose’ design.
However, other changes are its small, very sculpted sidepods and aggressive Coanda-style exhaust treatment at its rear.
The team also enters the 2013 season with a completely changed driver line-up, having lost Sergio Pérez to McLaren and opting to dispense with Kamui Kobayashi’s services during the off-season. In their place come ex-Force India racer Nico Hülkenberg and the team’s former test driver Esteban Gutiérrez.