Sauber are the latest team to launch their 2014 car, the Sauber C33.
Although the online launch was schedueled for 3pm GMT, Sauber put images of the C33 on their website two hours early, giving everyone a sneak peak at their challenger.
Sauber are the sixth team to show off their latest machines; after Force India, Williams, McLaren, Lotus and Ferrari. You can see them here.
“In Jerez we’ll be having our roll-out, and that’s always a very special moment,” Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn said on Sauber’s YouTube channel. “First of all, we’ll see if everything really fits together and if the car is running well. It also tells us if we have been working in the right direction for the last nine months. So, all this together makes this a very emotional moment.
“Due to the big changes on the chassis side, but mainly on the drive train side, it is practically impossible to give any indication on our competitiveness. We can do that at the earliest after the winter test, particularly after we have seen where we stand in relation to our competitors. As always, it’s going to be our goal to improve our position in the Championship.
“This year we have a very exciting driver line-up,” Kaltenborn continued. “On one side we have Adrian, a very experienced race driver and I’m happy that we finally had the opportunity to work together. On the other side we have Esteban, a talented race driver, who we know since many years and has also been a member of the team and this is very valuable given the changes that are coming in this season.
“I hope that the drivers come to know the car very quickly, that we have all our reliability issues sorted out, so that together with the drivers we can work on the performance and development of the car”.
Esteban Gutierrez, who joined Sauber as Sergio Perez’s replacement in 2013, said, “I’m really excited about the start – it’s pretty much an adventure with a new car and new regulations. I think this will make things very interesting so it brings everything for the entire team to an even higher level. There is a lot of work to figure out how everything translates best, but ultimately it’s exactly what we love.
” I am now in the second year as a Formula 1 driver, and many new things to come to us. It will be important that I bring myself into the team, so that we can achieve our common goals.As a driver, I would like to take the next step. My approach is certainly different now than before.”
Adrian Sutil, who has moved from Force India to Sauber for 2014, said, “It’s a new season with new rules, and the car looks a bit different and will also be likely to drive very differently.We will now soon find out what it’s like and I am of course looking forward to it. There is a lot of work and assess quite difficult for us, as it will be. But I just think that it is a step in the right direction.
“I think it is important to have a goal before you start the season. My best season was 2011 with ninth place. It would be nice if I could beat that, or at least perform as well as I did in 2011. But otherwise we will give our best and see what happens.”
The new cars (with the exception of Lotus and McLaren) will roll out at the Circuit de Jerez on Tuesday. Teams such as Red Bull and Force India will pull the covers off their cars for the first time shortly before the first of three pre-season tests begin.
Image courtesy Sauber F1 Team.