Sauber have introduced new measures to ensure the problem that meant Hulkenberg was unable to compete in the opening race of the 2013 F1 season will not happen again.
“What happened was that many factors led to the creation of a vacuum in the fuel cell – so it collapsed in on itself,” Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn explained. Read more... (172 words, estimated 41 secs reading time)
Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber’s new race driver, has given a less dramatic assessment of the tyre situation heading into the 2013 season.
Last season dubbed ‘the tyre whisperer’, Mexican Perez has subsequently switched to McLaren, where last week at Barcelona he said the degradation of Pirelli’s new compounds is “extreme”. Read more... (272 words, estimated 1:05 mins reading time)
Earlier this month it was reported that Nico Hulkenberg was having trouble getting his feet into the footwell of the new Sauber C32 – with Bild saying that the car could not be rebuilt to accommodate the German’s feet. It has emerged that Sauber have now found a solution to the problem – by getting Hulkenberg to change his shoes. Read more... (102 words, estimated 24 secs reading time)
Sauber’s ultra-slim sidepods work well, team co-owner, founder and former boss Peter Sauber has revealed.
The Swiss team stunned its opposition when it launched the new Ferrari-powered C32, featuring the smallest sidepods seen in modern times in formula one. Read more... (140 words, estimated 34 secs reading time)
Nico Hulkenberg’s feet are too big for the footwell of the new Sauber C32.
As he began his career with the Swiss team at Jerez last week, the tall German discovered that his racing boots are too big to fit easily on the throttle and brake pedals. And “The car cannot be rebuilt,” Bild newspaper correspondent Nicola Pohl reported. Read more... (123 words, estimated 30 secs reading time)
Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn has hinted that new reserve driver Robin Frijns will get a Friday practice outing this season. Read more... (185 words, estimated 44 secs reading time)
Robin Frijns has admitted he is disappointed with his schedule for 2013.
The new Formula Renault 3.5 champion, 21-year-old Frijns was signed up for this year by the Swiss team Sauber, replacing 2012 reserve Esteban Gutierrez.
Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn said late last year: “We will now carefully guide him to Formula One.” Read more... (235 words, estimated 56 secs reading time)
Sauber will reveal its 2013 car, the C32, in the days before it makes its track debut at the start of winter testing.
Team founder Peter Sauber had already announced that the new Ferrari-powered single seater will run for the first time at Jerez on February 5. The Swiss team on Thursday invited the media to an official launch event at its Hinwil headquarters, on 2 February. Read more... (233 words, estimated 56 secs reading time)
Sauber’s inexperienced driver lineup will not hold the Swiss team back in 2013, Nico Hulkenberg insists.
25-year-old Hulkenberg, who is moving from Force India after returning to F1 this year, will be joined at the Hinwil based team by Mexican rookie Esteban Gutierrez. Compared to Sauber’s 2012 lineup, Hulkenberg and 21-year-old Gutierrez have 60 grands prix less experience than departing team drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez. Read more... (416 words, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
Sauber have confirmed that Nico Hulkenberg’s teammate for 2013 will be Esteban Gutierrez, who will replace Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi.
“This has not been an easy decision for us to take,” team boss Monisha Kaltenborn explained, “but we have committed ourselves to a new beginning.” Read more... (136 words, estimated 33 secs reading time)