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Monaco GP crash motivated new sidepods for Sauber C32



Sauber F1 Chief designer Matt Morris says during the new machine C32 launch, Sergio Perez’s accident motivated new sidepods for Sauber C32, the Checo crashes heavily in qualifying, Monaco 2011.

Monaco GP accident resulted; C31’s sidepods heavily crashed at just over 60mph, following team understand that it was achievable to cut the width of the sidepods by almost 50 per cent.

New C32’s reduced sidepods is the clear differences between the last year challenger C31. New Sauber C32’s shows cute narrow sidepods and Morris says that ‘one of the huge challenges for us is in packaging all of the radiators and boxes for this small sidepods’.

“Checo had quite a bad accident in Monaco a few years ago and when we got the car back and we saw the sidepod all squashed in, we thought ‘I wonder if we could do that?'” Matt Morris said during the New C32 launch.

“The sidepods are a bold move, a bold design, but we are pretty confident. One of the huge challenges for us is in packaging all of the radiators and boxes. Like most things in Switzerland, we got it just in time!”

“We have a whole new braking system that we were developing last year,” said Morris.

“The exhaust is not massively different to what we finished with last year, we just further enhanced it. The front wing is predominantly a carry-over from last year.

“One of the small regulation changes is an additional legality check on the front wing, so we’ve had to spend a lot of time changing the structure of the wing to be sure we pass that. That’s something we spent a lot of time over the winter developing.”

“Passive DRS is allowed, so this is an area that we’re looking at developing through the course of winter testing,” he said.

And here it is: The Sauber C32-Ferrari! How do you like it? #C32Launch…

— Sauber F1 Team (@OfficialSF1Team) February 2, 2013
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