Tag Archive: C31

Apr 30

Nuclear millions powering de Silvestro’s F1 push

The nuclear lobby is powering Simona Silvestro’s push for a Sauber race seat in 2015.

2014-04-26 - Sauber F1 Team - Simona De Silvestro 01 That is the claim of the Swiss newspaper Blick, as it revealed some of the secrets behind the 25-year-old female driver’s recent F1 test debut at Fiorano. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 15

Angry Force India says Pirelli made Sauber ‘explode’

“This is no wonder-Sauber, It’s only Pirelli.

2013-05-06 - Pirelli - The new Pirelli P Zero Orange hard compound Force India has hit back at claims it is being outclassed by Sauber at the tail end of the 2013 season. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 03

Sauber looks ahead to first test of 2013

Just a week after the longest-ever F1 season ended, Peter Sauber is already looking ahead to the first official action of 2013.

07 - Sauber F1 Team2012-09-17 - Sauber F1 Team - Oerlikon - solar car port in Hinwil 5The Swiss team’s founder revealed in his column for the Sonntagsblick newspaper that Sauber’s 2013 car – the Ferrari-powered C32 – will be tested for the first time at Jerez on February 5. “I’m very confident,” Sauber wrote.  “Because the technical rules are not changing much, we can build on the C31.  We are currently on schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 08

Slim ‘quite sure’ Gutierrez to race Sauber in 2013

Telmex chief and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim could have a substantial influence on the final decision.

Carlos Slim2012-11-04 - Sauber F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Esteban Gutierrez - Kamui Kobayashi 00If Sauber’s biggest sponsor has its way, Esteban Gutierrez will next year line up on the grid alongside confirmed 2013 driver Nico Hulkenberg. Gutierrez’s fellow Mexican Sergio Perez, who is heading to McLaren, was until now the cream of Sauber backer Telmex’s F1 programme for the last two years. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 07

Force India to announce second driver on Wednesday

Swiss newspaper Blick has tipped Force India to announce Paul di Resta’s next teammate on Wednesday.

06 - Sahara Force India F1 Team2012-11-04 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Abu Dhabi 01Veteran journalist Roger Benoit said the Silverstone based team has weighed up paying drivers including Adrian Sutil and Bruno Senna, or an essentially unsponsored talent like Sebastien Buemi. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 06

Final young driver test to begin on Tuesday

The sound of F1 engines in Abu Dhabi will resume on Tuesday.

2012-11-03 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Yas Marina Circuit 012010-11-13 - Renault F1 Team - Abu Dhabi Yas MarinaBarely a day after Kimi Raikkonen won Sunday’s thrilling grand prix at Yas Marina, the track will return to life on Tuesday when the final three day ‘young driver test’ begins. Six teams have already run their young driver days this year, so just Red Bull, McLaren, Lotus, Sauber, Toro Rosso and Caterham have stayed behind in Abu Dhabi for the session. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 27

Leimer pulls the plug on Sauber test

Fabio Leimer has dropped out of the running at Sauber.

GP2 - Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering)07 - Sauber F1 TeamAfter paying hundreds of thousands of euros for a test with the team a year ago, the young Swiss was expected to return to the track for the forthcoming young drivers’ test in Abu Dhabi. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 17

Interview with Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn

“You never lose your roots” – Monisha Kaltenborn

2012-10-17 - Sauber F1 Team - Monisha Kaltenborn 012012-10-17 - Sauber F1 Team - Monisha Kaltenborn 03Monisha Kaltenborn is almost a week into her post as the first female team principal in Formula One. With a total of four podium places so far, the Sauber F1 Team has enjoyed a very successful 2012 season. The forthcoming Indian Grand Prix takes the new boss to her native country. There’s plenty to talk about.

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Oct 05

Vettel tips Sauber to shine at Suzuka

Sebastian Vettel has tipped Sauber as a real dark horse at this weekend’s Japanese grand prix.

2012-09-22 - Red Bull Racing - Singapore - Sebastian Vettel (12)2012-09-22 - Red Bull Racing - Singapore - Sebastian Vettel (4)The reigning world champion won last time out in Singapore with his Red Bull, but he admits that the Ferrari-powered C31 should be a standout performer in Japan. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 17

Sauber calm despite uncertain 2013 lineup

Peter Sauber insists he is not worried about the future, despite intense speculation surrounding his Swiss team’s 2013 driver lineup.

2012-07-21 - Sauber F1 Team - Germany - Peter Sauber 012012-07-21 - Sauber F1 Team - Germany - Kamui Kobayashi 01The impressive Mexican Sergio Perez has been linked with moves to Ferrari or McLaren, while speculation suggests Kamui Kobayashi’s place could be in danger due to the well-funded Charles Pic’s solid debut for struggling Marussia. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 12

Perez at Monza ‘best drive of 2012 season’ – Lauda

Sergio Perez’s second place at Monza was the standout drive of the 2012 season so far.

2012-04-15 - Sauber F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Sergio Perez 042012-06-10_0513That is the view of legendary triple world champion Niki Lauda, who honoured the young Mexican by taking off his famous red cap before interviewing Perez on the podium last Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 22

2012 Sauber ‘best car on grid’ – Marko

Sauber’s 80 points so far in 2012 belies the true strength of the Swiss-made C31.

2012-06-10_08492012-06-08_0392In fact, Red Bull manager Dr Helmut Marko claims the single seater steered by Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi this year is “perhaps the best car in the field”.

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Jul 09

Sauber ‘has no future’ with current drivers – Benoit

Veteran correspondent Roger Benoit has called on Sauber to rethink its driver lineup.

2012-06-10_08492012-06-10_0831The Swiss team went into the British grand prix as the dark horse for victory, and afterwards even McLaren’s Jenson Button admitted the C31 was perhaps the best car in the field.

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Jul 03

Sauber and Williams could shine at Silverstone

Williams and Sauber could be in the mix for victory at Silverstone this weekend.

2012-06-10_10672012-06-10_0849It is believed the high average corner speeds at the British track will suit the Williams – after Pastor Maldonado won the team’s first race in seven years on the similar Barcelona layout – and Sauber’s tidy C31, which has been on the podium twice in 2012 so far.

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Jun 29

Peter Sauber rethinking retirement plans

Peter Sauber has backtracked slightly, having set the scene for his retirement.

2012-06-10 - Sauber F1 Team - Canada - Peter Sauber 22012-06-09_0347The Swiss team’s founder and boss has said numerous times over the last couple of years that “I don’t want to be sitting on the pitwall with my headphones on at 70″.

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Jun 13

Not easy for Perez to leave Sauber team – boss

Following his latest podium triumph, Peter Sauber has once again played down suggestions Sergio Perez could soon be bound for a top team.

2012-06-08_12142012-06-10_1616After Mexican youngster Perez almost won March’s Malaysian grand prix, rumours began to swirl that Sauber’s engine supplier Ferrari could snap him up for the works team. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo recently played down that possibility at least in the short term, but Perez was back on the podium in Canada, adding fuel to the old rumours.

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Jun 13

C31 best car in Sauber’s history – boss

The Ferrari-powered C31 is the best car in Sauber’s long history, according to team founder, boss and majority owner Peter Sauber.

2012-06-09_03472012-06-08_0061The Swiss team made its grand prix debut with Mercedes’ support in 1993 and even won a race during the recent era of BMW ownership. But the white and grey C31 is the best yet, Sauber said, after Sergio Perez returned to the podium in last weekend’s Canadian grand prix.

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May 04

Perez treated after ‘acrid’ smoke incident

Sergio Perez had to be treated at Mugello on Thursday following a smoky incident.

2012-03-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sergio Perez 002012-04-15 - Sauber F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Sergio Perez 02Blick newspaper reports that, early on the final day of the rare in-season test, “acrid black smoke” emanated from Sauber’s upgraded C31 car at the Italian circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

May 03

Billionaires line up to push Sauber on

Sauber has the swagger of a team of the future.

07 - Sauber F1 Team2012-04-30 - Sauber F1 Team - Welcome Chelsea FC - Sauber C31The Hinwil based team struggled for survival in the wake of owner BMW’s shock withdrawal in late 2009. “We’ve been through a quite awkward time,” admitted Monisha Kaltenborn, the chief executive. Read the rest of this entry »

May 02

Sauber wins update race at Mugello test opener

Sauber was the team with the biggest update package as F1’s ultra-rare in-season test began on Tuesday.

2012-04-30 - Sauber F1 Team - Welcome Chelsea FC - Sauber C312012-02-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Sergio Perez - 03Kamui Kobayashi was in charge of the revised C31, which including a new exhaust and front wing represented “the biggest update package” of all the teams at Mugello, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 30

Sauber confirms Chelsea sponsor rumour

Rumours that a top English premier league football club is entering formula one as a sponsor have proved correct.

2012-04-15 - Sauber F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Sauber C31-Ferrari2012-04-30 - Sauber F1 Team - Welcome Chelsea FC - Sauber C31Ever since Sauber has been running teaser ‘Out of the blue’ and ‘True blue’ graphics on its engine cover livery in China and Bahrain, speculation about the identity of the forthcoming sponsor have been swirling in the F1 paddock. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 13

Sauber runs ‘teaser’ for big sponsor – report

After Sergio Perez’s surprise push for victory in Malaysia three weeks ago, things are looking bright on the Sauber balance-sheet.

2012-04-12 - Sauber F1 Team - Visit Mexico2012-03-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sergio Perez 04The small Swiss team announced in Shanghai that it is continuing its deal to promote the North American country with colourful ‘Visit Mexico’ signage. “We can assume that our good results in the first two grands prix have contributed to the renewing of the agreement,” said team boss Peter Sauber. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 05

Mercedes’ clever F-duct not easily copied – report

In the case of Sauber’s clever exhaust solution, Red Bull simply rolled out a copy in the days before the 2012 season.

2012-03-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Nico Rosberg 012012-03-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Michael Schumacher 02Writing in O Estado de S.Paulo, Brazilian correspondent Livio Oricchio said the Sauber philosophy makes ingenious use of something called the ‘Coanda effect’. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 04

Clever Sauber turning heads in 2012

Fernando Alonso’s win was a complete surprise, but the name of another team was on more paddock-dwellers’ lips after Malaysia — Sauber.

2012-02-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Kamui Kobayashi 032012-02-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Kamui Kobayashi 01“Only one team could do consistently good laptimes on all the tyres and in all the conditions, and it was Sauber,” confirmed Martin Whitmarsh, whose McLaren team had travelled to Sepang with arguably the fastest car. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 03

Pecking order could change again in Europe – Sauber

With the pecking-order still not entirely clear after two races, it could be set to change all over again in the near future.

2012-02-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Kamui Kobayashi 052012-03-16 - Australian Grand Prix 2012 Friday #1 460That is the view of Peter Sauber, the Hinwil based team’s owner and boss who witnessed his Mexican driver Sergio Perez display almost race-winning form at Sepang recently with the impressive new C31 car. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Sauber flattered as Red Bull copies 2012 exhaust

“For our engineers, it was an extra confirmation that they have chosen the right development direction.” – Sauber

2012-02-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Kamui Kobayashi 012012-02-07 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari - Jerez - Peter Sauber 03Peter Sauber has admitted his Swiss team is flattered after Red Bull apparently copied the C31’s exhaust layout ahead of the 2012 season. Red Bull ran at the initial Jerez and Barcelona tests – and then the two opening days of the final Barcelona test – with its own solution in the wake of the FIA’s blown exhaust clampdown. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 07

‘Step noses’ still the hot topic at Jerez

Amid the European cold snap, Franz Tost admits he was worried Toro Rosso might be late for its own car launch.

2012-02-06 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - STR7 Launch (10)2012-02-06 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari Launch - 0001The STR7 was unveiled on Monday in the Jerez pitlane, a day ahead of its testing debut. “When the trucks left Faenza on Saturday night I was worried we would not arrive in time,” La Gazzetta dello Sport quotes the relieved team boss as saying.

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Feb 06

Roll-out and promotional day in Jerez

On time, as if for a race start, the brand new Sauber C31-Ferrari left the garage today in bright sunshine in Jerez.

2012-02-06 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari Launch - Kamui Kobayashi - Sergio Perez - Esteban Gutierrez 01 2012-02-06 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari Launch - Kamui Kobayashi - 0001At 13:45 hrs sharp Kamui Kobayashi went out on the Spanish track to put in the first laps with the 2012 contender for filming purposes. After today’s promotional day, it will also be Kamui who will start the test programme tomorrow before handing over to his team mate, Sergio Pérez. Sergio will be on duty on Wednesday and Thursday, on Friday the Japanese will be in the car again.

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Feb 06

Sauber F1 Team launches C31 in Jerez

Unveiling & Roll-out

2012-02-06 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari Launch - 00042012-02-06 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari Launch - 0001Today, Monday, the Sauber F1 Team launches its new car for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship. Drivers Kamui Kobayashi (25) and Sergio Pérez (22) unveil the Sauber C31-Ferrari at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain, where on Tuesday official Formula One pre-season testing will get underway. For filming purposes the C31 will cover its initial laps today.

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Feb 06

Sauber joins ‘stepped nose’ club with C31

Sauber on Monday joined the growing ‘stepped nose’ club by revealing its C31.

2012-02-06 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari Launch - Kamui Kobayashi - Sergio Perez 012012-02-06 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari Launch - 0000The Swiss team’s new Ferrari-powered car – boasting a modified grey, white and red livery – was revealed at Jerez before its initial laps “for filming purposess” ahead of the opening pre-season test.

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