The Sauber F1 Team has taken the opportunity to show off its C34 challenger, which features an all new livery scheme and driver line-up. The Ferrari-powered car will be driven by Marcus Ericsson and former Williams reserve driver Felipe Nasr, with Raffaele Marciello providing support as reserve driver.
The most striking change is in the livery. Gone is the dull grey and white colour scheme, and in comes the blue and yellow of Nasr’s principal backers, Banco do Brasil – coincidentally the scheme also matches the national colours of his Swedish teammate Marcus Ericsson.
With its predecessor, the C33, having failed to score a single points’ finish in what was the worst year in the Swiss team’s history, its design department used the stable technical regulations to target three areas in which it suffered – slow-corner performance, weight reduction and braking stability – to ensure this would not be carried over to the new car.
“We were able to gain a lot of experience during the course of the 2014 season, which will have an influence on the Sauber C34,” the team’s chief designer, Eric Gandelin, said.
By far the greatest visual difference between last year’s C33 and this year’s C34 can be found at the front end, which is larger in volume and closer to the ground in accordance with the newer regulations. Other noticeable differences include extra cooling intakes around the air box, while the sidepods have been made slimmer (reducing drag) thanks to positioning the radiators horizontally.
“[Last year] was a very disappointing year,” team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said at the launch of the team’s new car.
“However, this is in the past, and we now focus on what comes next. We have learned our lessons and are confident for the new season. We have to improve, and be able to fight for championship points.
“I am delighted about our two new drivers who bring a breath of fresh air. Both are young, talented and highly motivated. On their way to Formula 1 both stood out through victories in Formula BMW and Formula 3. Both then finished this career progression off in the GP2 Series. While Marcus looks back to one season in Formula 1, Felipe will have his rookie year in which he comes fully prepared due to his role as test and reserve driver at Williams last year. I feel confident with regard to our drivers.”
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