HINWIL: Formula One team Sauber unveiled their C-32 Ferrari car for the 2013 season on Saturday along with their all-new driving team of Nico Huelkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez.
Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said Sauber aimed to keep the strengths and improve the weaknesses of a C-31 model which earned sixth place in the constructors’ championship last season.
“It’s based on its predecessor which was a very competitive car,” Kaltenborn said at a launch ceremony at Sauber headquarters.
In 2012, Sauber drivers Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi combined to get four podium finishes. Perez, a 23-year-old Mexican, was hired by McLaren and Japan’s Kobayashi has left the team.
Huelkenberg, a 25-year-old German, finished 11th in the drivers’ standings last year for Force India.
Aged just 21, Mexico’s Gutierrez will graduate from being Sauber’s test driver to make his F1 debut in Australia on March 17. “We have very high expectations of both of them,” said Kaltenborn.