Sauber C33

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Sauber C33
Adrian Sutil 2014 Singapore FP2.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Sauber
Designer(s) Eric Gandelin (Chief Designer)
Predecessor Sauber C32
Successor Sauber C34
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Carbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Upper and lower wishbones, inboard springs and dampers activated by pushrods
Suspension (rear) Upper and lower wishbones, inboard springs and dampers activated by pullrods
Engine Ferrari 059/3[2] 1.6 L (98 cu in) V6, turbo
Transmission Ferrari 8-speed gearbox quick-shift carbon gearbox, longitudinally mounted, carbon-fibre clutch
Weight 691 kg (1,523.4 lb)
Tyres Pirelli P Zero (dry), Cinturato (wet)
Competition history
Notable entrants Sauber F1 Team
Notable drivers 21. Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez[3]
99. Germany Adrian Sutil[4]
Debut 2014 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
19 0 0 0

The Sauber C33 is a Formula One racing car designed by Sauber to compete in the 2014 Formula One season.[5] It was driven by Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian Sutil, who joined the team after Nico Hülkenberg returned to Force India.[3][4] The C33 was designed to use Ferrari's new 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged engine,[6] the 059/3.[2]

The car was plagued by weight issues early in the season, to the point that, to compensate for this, a tall Sutil (who, relatively speaking, was one of the heaviest drivers in the field) did not eat for two days in a desperate attempt to remain competitive.[7][8]

Ultimately, the C33 had the unfortunate distinction of being the least competitive Sauber ever built, as Sauber failed to score points for the first time in their history in 2014. In addition, due to the financial status of the team, both drivers were immediately dropped by the end of the season to make way for a new line up of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.

The car also has the misfortunate association with the accident that caused Jules Bianchi severe head injuries during the Japanese Grand Prix on 5 October 2014. In fact, the crane with which Bianchi collided was in the process of removing Sutil's stranded C33 that had crashed at "Turn 7" of the Suzuka Circuit a lap prior.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers Grands Prix Points WCC
AUS MAL BHR CHN ESP MON CAN AUT GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN RUS USA BRA ABU
2014 Sauber F1 Team Ferrari 059/3 P Esteban Gutiérrez 12 Ret Ret 16 16 Ret 14† 19 Ret 14 Ret 15 20 Ret 13 15 14 14 15 0 10th
Adrian Sutil 11 Ret Ret Ret 17 Ret 13 13 13 Ret 11 14 15 Ret 21† 16 Ret 16 16

† — Driver failed to finish the race, but was classified as they had completed greater than 90% of the race distance.
‡ — Teams and drivers scored double points at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.f1technical.net/f1db/cars/1009/sauber-c33
  2. ^ a b "Presentation of the new Ferrari power unit". ferrari.com. Scuderia Ferrari. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Straw, Edd (21 December 2013). "Sauber confirms Esteban Gutierrez will race for the team in 2014". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 21 December 2013. Esteban Gutierrez will remain with Sauber for a second season in 2014, the team has announced. 
  4. ^ a b "Adrian Sutil moves to Sauber for 2014 Formula 1 season". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). 13 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sauber C33 passes crash tests". ESPN F1. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Galloway, James (4 October 2013). "Sauber extend long-standing Ferrari engine partnership into 2014 and beyond". Sky Sports F1 (British Sky Broadcasting Group plc). Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Wise, Mike (9 May 2014). "Adrian Sutil went without food for two days to try and lose weight for new season". Sky Sports (BSkyB). Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Duncan, Phil (9 May 2014). "Adrian Sutil did not eat for two days in drastic bid to meet F1 weight rules". Daily Mail (DMG Media). Retrieved 12 November 2014.