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Sauber confirms that the new C32 has passed its mandatory FIA crash tests ahead of the 2013 F1 season

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Nick636

December 12, 2012 12:20 PM

@ richard

My thoughts exactly... Getting all the formalities out the way so they can focus on racing matters (Engine, Chassis etc.)

I think they are going to have a power season next year.

KGBVD - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 7:26 PM

Umm, any improvement will be down to Kalterborn's first full season overseeing development and operations. Why all the hate on Sauber as a TEAM?

The Hulk is good, maybe better than KK and SP, but no better than either on their best days.

Kalternborn is an operational genius, she has been in F1 for only a handful of years but is already touted as Bernie's successor.

A Sauber win this coming season wouldn't surprise me in the slightest (e.g. Williams went from 5 pts on season to a win the next. A team that scored podiums one year can easily be expected to win the next (Merc and Lotus))

JJJ - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 10:22 PM

@KGGBVD

Personally I rather like Sauber as a team, but it sometimes annoys me how deeply conservative they are. First they willingly played 2nd fiddle to Ferrari for years (and arguably still do *cough* Malaysia *cough* and possibly *cough* Hulkenberg *cough*. Now added to that they've signed the decision making over to Carlos Slim to secure his dough...at the expense of a lesser driver than the one they had. It means they're still here and that almost every year they manage to get a podium...it also means they haven't won a race yet (except with BMW).

I always like to compare it to Jordan (started about the same time), who has left obviously, but did win three races. In 2001 Sauber finished 4th and sold Raikkonen to McLaren. Good business, sure...but would Jordan have kept him on and made a play for the big leagues with Raikkonen on board to break into championships contention?

I want Sauber to do something like that...take a risk for a change, I think they're good enough to succee

KGBVD - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 11:10 PM

@JJJ

Agreed, I like them but they are maddeningly conservative sometimes. Then again, they are Swiss. (Complaining that they are conservative is like complaining that Germans are punctual, that Americans are obnoxious, or that the Dutch are really tall) :P

And to be fair, if Sauber was Jordan then Kimi would have been poached by Flavio over at at Renault shortly after his first race :P But point taken.

Yak - Unregistered

December 13, 2012 12:28 AM

I'm guessing it's a case of them keeping the base much the same and worrying more about the other bits that get slapped on (wings, winglets, clever holes/slots, etc.). Which might not be such a bad thing considering the performance they had at times this year. I suspect they feel there's plenty yet to unlock from the package.

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