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Sauber's stylish new C32 makes its bow

"It's obviously aerodynamically driven, and it's been a huge challenge for us both structure-wise and packaging-wise in terms of all the radiators, electronic boxes, and also ensuring that we still pass all the mandatory FIA safety tests," he added.

"The sidepods are a bold move, a bold design, but we are pretty confident," Morris added. He also revealed that the car would feature a new braking system that had been under-development through 2012, and a new structure for the front wing to meet new FIA compliance tests.

While the exhaust system on the C32 is largely unchanged from last year, Morris confirmed that the team was still looking into the possible introduction of a passive DRS system.

With its stylish good looks and innovative features, the new car will be very much an unknown quantity right up until this week's first four days of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Jerez in Spain.

"Actually I am just looking forward to finally sitting in the car," admitted Hülkenberg. "It takes a couple of days until every detail is right; usually the adjustment process is completed when the first race is about to start!"

"In the beginning the most important task is to solve all the car's reliability issues so we can put in a lot of laps in the tests," explained Gutiérrez, who received the call-up to the Sauber F1 team to replace his Mexican compatriot Perez who has since departed for McLaren."Then, of course, another important factor is to get to know the car in race and qualifying conditions, which mainly comes with experience during the first races."

After the formalities, there was time for a quick 'gag' reel of light-hearted moments from behind the scenes at the factory to show how the new team mates were getting used to one another, although both men admitted that there had been little time for socialising so far.

"We have not got to know each other very well so far, but we met in the paddock every now and then and I value him as a team mate," said Hülkenberg.

"I know that Nico has a similar working mentality to mine as prior to making it to F1 we have raced in the same teams for a similar amount of time in the lower categories," added Gutiérrez.




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