Sauber launched their 2017 challenger, the C36, on Monday to great acclaim from the Formula One community. It was the first taste of what the cars would look like under the new regulations:
The car has a logo to celebrate Sauber’s 25 years of racing in Formula One.
This year’s rear wing is much lower, harking back to pre-2009 cars.
The car’s wheelbase is 20 cm wider than last year’s, a width Formula One hasn’t had since 1997.
The front wing appears to be a combination of bare carbon fiber, gold wing elements and blue on the sides. Beautiful to my eyes!
The C36 is a stark contrast to last year’s C35, which had a lighter shade of blue and bright yellow as the primary colors:
Not to be outdone, Renault launched their R.S. 17 one day later:
Renault has formed a strong partnership with Castrol, featuring their logo on both front and rear wing endplates, and on the side of the engine cover.
Note that the rear wing mounts aren’t straight – they bend outward towards the edges of the wing.
This year’s cars will have much larger air intakes above the drivers’ heads to make up for smaller sidepods.
Next up is the Force India launch coming up later today.