Sauber F1 team unveiled their new challenger C33 on Sunday with new recruit Adrian Sutil keen for success with Sauber C33.
The German early launched body weight-watching, Sutil is one of the bigger drivers in a sport whose rule changes this year favour the lighter and smaller men more than ever. ”
“Of course the training is going on as usual, but more focused on losing weight,” Sutil said in a video interview on the Sauber’s website at the online launch of the C33.
“I’m a tall driver and I was always on the limit with the weight. But now I have to reduce the last few kilos. I’m on it already. I haven’t eaten too much over Christmas and New Year.”
Sutil is 1.84 metres tall and weighs in at around 77kg, compared to Williams’ little Brazilian Felipe Massa who is a mere 1.66m and tips the scales at 60kg. The German told Reuters earlier this month that while every kilo made a difference, there was only so much he could do.
“I’m getting there but it will be difficult,” the 31-year-old said then. “There is of course a limit that you don’t want to go over and lose energy. Hopefully the car is not too heavy and we find a good solution just for this year.”
Sutil has taken 99 as his racing number and he explained why. “Everyone is probably aiming for the low numbers.
I went for the highest number. I am aiming at the maximum,” he said. Sauber, who have Mexican Esteban Gutierrez as their other race driver, had a financially fraught 2013 and also struggled in the first half of that season before finishing strongly after Pirelli made changes to the tyres.
Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn: “Any impression of how the teams stand against each other will only emerge once winter testing has been completed,” she said, with the first test due to start in Jerez on Tuesday.
“That is also when we will announce our goals for the 2014 season. One thing’s for sure: reliability will be of the essence, especially at the beginning of the season.”
Chief designer Eric Gandelin: “This gives us time to maximise the development of these performance relevant parts, and on the other hand we can run the car during the first test and check all the systems, which we feel is crucial, considering all the technical changes,” he concluded.