Sauber C15

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Sauber C15
Category Formula One
Constructor Sauber
Designer(s) Leo Ress
Predecessor Sauber C14
Successor Sauber C16
Technical specifications
Chassis carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front) double wishbones, combined spring/damper units, pushrod
Suspension (rear) double wishbones, combined spring/damper units, pushrod
Engine Ford Zetec-R 72-degree V10
Transmission Sauber/Xtrac six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic
Fuel Petronas
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Red Bull Sauber Ford
Notable drivers 14. United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
15. Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Debut 1996 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
16 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Sauber C15 was the car with which the Sauber team competed in the 1996 Formula One season. It was driven by Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who was in his third season with the team, and Johnny Herbert, who moved from Benetton.

After an encouraging performance in 1995 with a Ford V8 engine, 1996 proved frustrating[according to whom?] as Sauber developed the troublesome Zetec-R V10. Problems with the new unit's power delivery resulted in the team scoring only 11 points, despite the theoretical power advantage over a V8.

The drivers proved well-matched, with Frentzen having a slight edge over Herbert. However, the German left the team at the end of the year to join champions Williams for 1997. The team's second podium finish since its F1 début in 1993 was scored by Herbert at the chaotic 1996 Monaco Grand Prix, with Frentzen in fourth. Heinz-Harald scored further points at Catalunya and Suzuka.

The team eventually finished seventh in the Constructors' Championship, with 11 points.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1996 Sauber Ford V10 G AUS BRA ARG EUR SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR JPN 11 7th
Johnny Herbert DNS Ret 9 7 Ret 3 Ret 7 DSQ 9 Ret Ret Ret 9 8 10
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 4 Ret Ret 8 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 6

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