While many other Formula One teams this year are content with thinking "50 Shades of Grey" is a design mantra, Sauber does it right and gives us a car that's in a color! An actual color! Here's Sauber's cheerful blue and yellow 2015 car, sure to conjure up images of cheap furniture and köttbullar.
IKEA may not be their sponsor this year, but they do have Swede Marcus Ericsson on the team, so that could explain the lovely color combo. If Volvos are Turbobricks, by golly, this car should be a Turbospork. Because Swedecar.
This livery is so delightfully Swedish that I feel as if I should be writing about it while enjoying some pre-dinner mayonnaise. (It's good for you.)
Ericsson, of course, is rumored to have brought $18 million to the team according to James Allen on F1, so perhaps the overtly Swedish livery is a sponsorship of sorts. I don't mind. It looks great. (Teammate Felipe Nasr brought $10 million as well to the struggling team.)
"During the development of the new Sauber C34-Ferrari the Sauber F1 Team's engineers focused on three areas: performance in slow corners, weight reduction, as well as braking stability," explains the team of the car's development. Because there were fewer technical changes in the regulations from 2014 to 2015, this car is more of an evolution of the C33 than anything else.
Like Scuderia Ferrari's SF15-T, the Sauber C34 features tighter packaging, including slimmer sidepods and a less bulbous rear end.
Sauber has a full list of technical specifications for the car up on their site, in case you're interested in all the nitty gritty details. Its unfueled weight is only 1548 lbs with a driver. That's over a thousand pounds less than a Spec 944 with a lot more power.
Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn is hopeful the new car will bring them up from the back of the field. It's a matter of do-or-die for the struggling team, who was one of the most vocal about Formula One's cost crisis.
"2014 was a very disappointing year. However, this is in the past, and we now focus on what comes next. We have learned our lessons and are confident for the new season," said Kaltenborn, as quoted on James Allen on F1."We have to improve, and be able to fight for championship points."
I'm just so excited that I'll be able to tell the Sauber cars apart from everybody else for a change. It's a color! TWO colors, even! You have no idea how much this means to a person with terrible eyesight. I want to personally hug Monisha Kaltenborn right now.
Photo credits: Sauber