Sauber unveiled their 2017 car, the C36 today marking both 25 years as a team in Formula One and the start of their refreshed life under new ownership.
Continuing with Marcus Ericsson for another season, he will be joined by Mercedes protégé Pascal Wehrlein who missed out on drives at both Mercedes and Force India before settling on Sauber. Having lost Brazilian Felipe Nasr, the striking blue and yellow scheme has been replaced with a more retro blue, white and gold branding celebrating the 25 years the team has been in the sport.
The first proper look at a car conforming to the 2017 regulations, there a number of significant changes to the car. The shark fin makes a return, as well as the slanted rear wing and delta shaped front wing, along with the wider track and tyres – which look in proportion to the car now. The new regualtions were outlined by incoming Technical Director Jorg Zander, “The cars are becoming wider again, from 1.80 to 2 metres, the tyres are 25 % wider, the front and rear wings are becoming wider as well, plus the diffuser is being enlarged. In total, this means more downforce, more grip and, as a result, faster lap times.”
“Consequently, work on the concept of the new car was focused on reducing the drag coefficient (due to the wider tyres) to a minimum as well as achieving a significant weight reduction, for instance by means of the new roll structure.
“In certain areas of lightweight design the team went to the limits. The aero concept includes the optimisation of the front and rear wings and the underfloor. The radiator, the sidepods and the bodywork were designed to be as slim as possible. Clear progress was also achieved in terms of additional downforce. The key here is to keep downforce, which is generated via driving, and remain stable in various track sections.”