Sauber has become the latest team to reveal its 2014 F1 challenger after unveiling the new C33 on its official website.
The Ferrari-powered car is set to debut on track at Jerez this week, with Sauber becoming the third team to officially launch its new machine after McLaren
The car will run in a similar livery to the 2013 machine and will be driven by Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil, with the latter having moved over from Force India
to replace Nico Hulkenberg; who has moved the other way.
The Swiss team will hope to return to form after a challenging 2013 campaign and chief designed Eric Gandelin said he was pleased with the way the new car had emerged as Sauber seeks to come to terms with the changes being made in F1 for the year ahead.
“The radical changes to the technical regulations for 2014 mean that it's even harder than usual to make predictions for the new season,” he said. “We know what kind of package we've put together here, but it is difficult to foresee what shape our rivals are in. The earliest opportunity to gain an impression of where the teams are in relation to one another will come during testing.
“The path we have followed with the design of the Sauber C33-Ferrari allows us maximum flexibility, so that we can react quickly. It is also clear that reliability will be an important factor in the first few races in particular. So this is an area which we have given very high priority.”
“These changes present the engineers with a huge challenge, especially with time pressure also a major factor. We've had to make various decisions on the chassis before all the necessary data and information was available to us. That is understandable, given that engine development continues alongside that of the rest of the car up to the last possible moment. And ultimately, of course, that is in our interests as well.”
Team boss Monisha Kaltenborn meanwhile said he was optimistic about what 2014 could hold for Sauber, although she admitted that the new engine and aerodynamic rules meant the new campaign was something of a step into the unknown.
“We have put a very challenging year behind us,” she said. “The first half of 2013 in particular was difficult for us, but the second half saw us making significant strides. We learnt a great deal during this time and will be applying the lessons in the new season.
“Due to the radical changes in the technical regulations, predictions are simply impossible to make at this stage. Even more so than in previous years, any impression of how the teams stand against each other will only emerge once winter testing has been completed. That is also when we will announce our goals for the 2014 season.
“One thing's for sure: reliability will be of the essence, especially at the beginning of the season.”