Okay, so I still haven’t covered the Ferrari and Force India launches yet – those to follow – but first of all, let’s have a look at this morning’s new Sauber, as the first 2013 livery to actually be significantly different from what’s gone before…
Unless it had stayed exactly the same, this could only have been an improvement on the 2012 “effort”. Thankfully, it seems they actually took the advice I gave them last year (hello, Sauber livery designers, if you’re reading this!), finally ditching the mostly-white colour scheme of the BMW days and sensibly dressing the car in the shade of dark carbon-fibre grey that they’d inexplicably doused just the nose in a year ago.
See? Told you.
Still, we’re not here to talk about the car that might be, but the car that is. And yes, concerns over the dull nature of the grey itself aside, it’s undoubtedly an improvement. It’s got a far more coherent overall look than any of the team’s cars since their comeback have had, wisely putting most of the sponsor types in plain white while scaling down the coloured logos of Telmex and Cuervo to be far less intrusive. The only glaring standout now is the Claro logo, which still inexplicably fails to match the red elsewhere on the car. But other than that, this actually looks like it’s had thought put into it. We’re unlikely to remember it much in future years, but that’s present-day Sauber through-and-through, really.