February 2, 2013 (F1plus Team).- The Sauber F1 team unveiled their new Sauber C32-Ferrari car in Hinwil, Switzerland on Saturday, that drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez hope will launch them into a successful 2013 Formula One season.
The aggressive new livery design, is not colorful, given the predominance of the black and white palette, but choosing the dark grey as the base color adorned with few white and red stripes certainly makes the C32 more appealing than its predecessor.
Overall, there are two notable changes; like many others, they have opted to make use of the 'vanity panel' to cover up the unpopular step-nose, while streamlining the sidepods to improve performance.
In the end, it looks more like an evolution than a total overhaul. Similar to what other teams have done so far.
The Swiss team is optimistic for the upcoming campaign, which kicks-off in Melbourne on March 17.
They finished sixth in last year's constructors' championship, which was won by the Red Bull team of drivers' world champion Sebastian Vettel and Australian Mark Webber.
"The 2012 season was a very successful year for us," said team boss Monisha Kaltenborn.
"We not only moved up from seventh to sixth place in the constructors' standings, but also improved our points total from 44 in 2011 to 126 last season.
"We have a strong platform in place now, on which we are aiming to build and continue our upward curve."
Kaltenborn believes Gutierrez is ready to make his mark in Formula One, and is also pleased with the arrival of Germany's Hulkenberg, who will make his debut with the team after spells with Williams and Force India.
"We have had our eye on Nico Hulkenberg for some time and have been impressed by his performances," Kaltenborn explained.
"He is very quick, but, most importantly, he's also very efficient.