Sauber: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

For the Bloggers Swap Shop this weekend, Tommy B from WTF1 has written a fantastic piece for the Northern Waffler. Take it away.

I’ve taken a break from my site WTF1 to write a guest post for the Northern Waffler. When choosing a favourite team many choose a classic team such as Ferrari, McLaren or Mercedes, others go for the sympathy vote and support the loveable underdog, the ‘Minardi’. Myself and RG are one of the select few fans who choose to follow a midfield team, me with Toro Rosso and RG with Sauber, so they may not have the most fans in the world but everyone has their reasons for supporting a team.

Growing up with F1 around 1996, the Sauber team stood out for me. The bright blue and turquoise cars was one of my favourite ever liveries. Nowadays Sauber sport a, rather boring in my opinion, plain white livery, of course the team had no sponsorship after BMW choosing to pull out of the sport.

Sauber made their debut in 1993 and since then have had some good, bad and ugly liveries. So I present to you my guest article entitled. ‘Sauber: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.’

The Good

2001: Sauber C20

With a few years sporting the turqoise and blue livery, it was a livery that stood out on track, a unique livery that had never seen before and hasn’t been seen since. In 2001 saw Sauber add a flash of white thanks to sponsor ‘Credit Suisse’. This slick and polished livery is exactly what you’d expect from a Swiss team.

2004: Sauber C23

*Drools* Just look at it! Similar to the 2001 livery but Sauber made it look even better in 2003. Beautiful slick lines made even a miss match of colours work so brilliantly together. A car this colourful hasn’t been seen since the days of the multi-coloured Benetton’s from the late 80’s. The Sauber C23 also saw Red Bull sponsor the car for the last time, ending their 9 year relationship.

The Bad

1994: Sauber C13

Sauber’s debut livery in 1993 was simple and beautiful but this messy effort from 1994 was simply ghastly. The dots are so 90’s it hurts and not even the supposedly cool 90’s making it "Retro". It’s made worse by the cheesy, asymmetrical watch over the front nose cone. That is just so wrong.

2006: BMW Sauber F1.06

For me this was when Sauber lost their appeal, sporting a boring white livery after being taken over from BMW. Yes they were the BMW racing colours but they could have come up with something a bit more interesting. It was also a sad-sad day when the classic bright blue and turquoise livery was laid to rest.

The Ugly

2009: BMW Sauber F1.09

BMW Sauber were first to show off their 2009 challenger. It didn’t go down well, this horrifically ugly car would even make Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen barf. Fans faces collectively turned green after seeing the new-look car for 2009 and even worse, the F1.09 was uncompetitive as well.

2010: Sauber C29

With BMW leaving the sport, Sauber struggled to find sponsors for 2010. This meant Sauber were free to do whatever they wanted… they kept the car plain white. Even worse was when they did get a sponsor they slapped some Burger King logos on the car. Kobayashi’s ‘facepalm’ above says it all really.

Sauber have bagged the sponsor Telmex for 2011. Could we possibly see the bright and colourful livery returning to Sauber? *Crosses fingers*


Posted on December 4, 2010, in Sauber and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. The 2004 car was a beauty πŸ™‚

    Kobayashi’s facepalm is very funny, good find!

  2. I tell you what, Raikkonen and Heidfeld in 2001. Scary stuff. They look all young and innocent.

  3. Hmm, I’ve had my disagreements with Tom over liveries in the past, and that’s not changing tonight! πŸ˜›

    I agree the C13 was a monstrosity, but the C29 was also hideous. Not keen on the 2010 C29, but the F1.06 and F1.09 were stunning!

    Great post.


  4. I rather like the C29, especially with Kobayashi’s helmet in the cockpit – the simplicity of it works great in photos whereas for me, the turquoise and blue was too cluttered. The BK adverts, however, did it no favours…

    They still haven’t beaten their first livery in my opinion πŸ™‚

  5. I loved those blue and turquoise Sauber liveries! My favourite was probably the 1998 livery… beautiful

  6. Well, the new livery isn’t better… too bad :s

  7. I love the Tissot C13, I am considering it for a car myself, minus the watch.

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