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Si Hitam Sauber C32


Sauber C32 akhirnya diluncurkan di markas besar Sauber di Hinwil, Switzerland.

Kita melihat Sauber cukup kuat di 2012, dengan 4 kali finish di podium. Tapi, di 2013 mereka mempunyai line-up driver yang sama sekali baru. Dengan Nico Hulkenberg yang baru saja mendarat dari Force India untuk menemani eks driver cadangan mereka, Esteban Gutierrez.


"Kami memiliki ekspektasi yang tinggi terhadap mereka dan mereka tahu itu. Kami meletakkan pondasi yang cukup kuat dari tahun lalu. Dan sekarang, waktunya kami untuk membangun dan mengembangkan itu sebagai tim," ucap Monisha Kaltenborn selaku team principal Sauber, sesaat sebelum peluncuran C32.

Monisha sempat menyanggah pernyataan banyak orang yang berpendapat Sauber sedang mengincar untuk menembus top five: "We’re not saying we want to finish in this or that position in the standings, as ultimately other factors will also come into play that are outside our control. What we can be clear about, however, is that we want to continue on our upward curve."

Monisha Kaltenborn akan mengawali musim pertamanya sebagai team principal, setelah ditunjuk untuk mengisi posisi Peter Sauber di pertengahan musim 2012 kemarin.

“On the one hand, not that much has changed for me since I took on the role, because I was already involved in a lot of things beforehand – like the team principal meetings, which I’ve been attending for some time already. On the other hand, it is still something special because now all the responsibility rests on my shoulders. And that creates a certain extra pressure, of course.”

Chief Designer dari Sauber C32, Matt Morris mengatakan bahwa pendahulu C32 yaitu C31 adalah “extremely competitive car” dan C32 bertujuan untuk mengeliminasi beberapa kelemahan dari C31.

“Over the course of last season we invested a lot of time and energy in developing a better understanding of our car. To this end, we focused primarily on the aerodynamic effects around the rear of the car. Our aero experts have done some great work in this respect, the basis of which has been used to develop the C32.”

Sauber kali ini tampil dengan livery dengan warna dominan hitam, berbeda 180 derajat dari musim 2012 yang berwarna dominan putih dengan sedikit stiker sponsorship.

Sauber C32 Technical Specification

Chassis 
Moulded carbon fibre composite monocoque incorporating front and side impact structures.

Engine
Ferrari Type 056
2.4 L (146 cu in) V8 90degrees
Naturally aspirated
18.000 RPM limited with KERS, mid-mounted.

Weight
642 kg (1.415 lbs) (including driver)

Tyres
Pirelli P Zero (dry) Pirelli Cinturato (wet)
Enkei wheels (front and rear)    

Berikut beberapa gambar pertama yang sudah dirilis saat launching Sauber C32:

Sauber C32 Side View
Sauber C32 Front View
Sauber C32 Nose
Sauber C32 Exhaust
  Source :  
F1 Fanatic - Sauber C32 launch: First pictures
Sauber C32 on Wikipedia