Sauber became the next competitor to launch their 2013 car today, pulling the covers off the C32 at their factory in Switzerland. The presentation began with a few words from Monisha, who talked of how she’s feeling in this pre-season stage: “I'm very excited but also a little tense. A launch like this, then the roll out is an exciting moment. We're just days away from when the new car will be hitting the track, we compare ourselves for the first time to our competitors.”
New driver lineup Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez then took to the stage to unveil the car, with a striking new slate grey livery and matching overalls. The car has a stepped nose compromise, but no modesty panel, and significantly reduced bodywork around the sidepods.
Chief Designer Matt Morris joked: “Checo had quite a bad accident in Monaco. When we got the car back and saw the sidepods all squashed in, we wondered if we could do that for real. It's obviously aero driven, it's been a huge challenge for us, structure wise and packaging wise... and ensuring we still pass all the mandatory FIA tests.”