Sauber: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
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.’
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.
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.
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*