Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez will drive the team’s latest machine, which will make its on-track debut at the Jerez circuit in Spain next week.
The Hinwil-based outfit has confirmed that a basic version of its new car will run at the first test, before a number of big performance upgrades debut at the second and third tests in Bahrain. The car was uncovered online on Sunday.
Sauber’s C33 features the ‘finger’ style nose, with a thin tip, similar to the Williams FW36 and McLaren MP4-29 designs. It also includes rear wing mounting pylons, like the ones featured on the Ferrari F14 T, and sports a similar dark grey livery to its predecessor.
Explaining the dramatic regulation changes for 2014, the team’s chief designer Eric Gandelin said: “Together, these changes present the engineers with a huge challenge, especially with time pressure also a major factor. We’ve had to make various decisions on the chassis before all the necessary data and information was available to us.
“That is understandable, given that engine development continues alongside that of the rest of the car up to the last possible moment. And ultimately, of course, that is in our interests as well.”
He added: “The radical changes to the technical regulations for 2014 mean that it’s even harder than usual to make predictions for the new season. We know what kind of package we’ve put together here, but it is difficult to foresee what shape our rivals are in.
“The earliest opportunity to gain an impression of where the teams are in relation to one another will come during testing. The path we have followed with the design of the Sauber C33-Ferrari allows us maximum flexibility, so that we can react quickly. It is also clear that reliability will be an important factor in the first few races in particular. So this is an area which we have given very high priority.”
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