Sauber has presented its new livery for the upcoming season at a launch event in London.
The team which competed as Alfa Romeo last year has officially rebranded as Stake F1 Team for the 2024 season and entered its car under the identity Kick Sauber.
Despite its latest change of name, the team will continue to use the same naming convention Sauber adopted before it entered F1 in 1993 with its C12. The team has only revealed its new colour scheme today and is yet to present its latest chassis.
The change of identity follows Alfa Romeo’s departure from F1 at the end of last year. However its is only due to last for two years until Sauber becomes Audi’s works F1 team in 2025.
Audi purchased a minority shareholding in the team at the beginning of last year. It is due to enter F1 in 2026, when the series revises its power unit regulations.
Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu will continue at their drivers for the third year in a row. The team finished ninth in the constructors’ championship last year.
Technical director James Key, who rejoined the team from McLaren last year, described the C44 as “virtually a completely new car.
“The team had to take an ambitious direction well before I joined,” he said. “There are many mechanical changes, some of which you can’t see at all, but some are very visible.
“The front suspension is completely new, a tough and ambitious project for a team of our size, there are many aerodynamic changes, of course, as would be expected given that this remains the primary area of development – so, overall, the car will really look quite different to last year’s car. We took a lot of new, exciting directions, all of which appear to hold quite a bit of potential, so we’re looking forward to seeing them on track.”
Pictures: 2024 Sauber F1 launch
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