Sauber C22

The Sauber C22 was the Formula One car that Sauber Petronas used to compete in the 2003 Formula One season and was the third car that Willy Rampf designed for Sauber. Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen drove this car with Neel Jani as the test driver. The engine was the Petronas 03A V10. The car's major sponsor was Credit Suisse.

Sauber C22
Nick Heidfeld 2003 Silverstone.jpg
CategoryFormula One
Designer(s)Willy Rampf (Technical Director)
Leo Ress (Engineering Director)
Christoph Zimmermann (Head of Chassis Design)
Phil Arnaboldi (Head of Car Concept)
Seamus Mullarkey (Head of Aerodynamics)
Dirk de Beer (Principal Aerodynamicist)
PredecessorSauber C21
SuccessorSauber C23
Technical specifications
ChassisCarbon Fibre monocoque
Suspension (front)Upper and lower wishbones, inboard springs and dampers, actuated by pushrods
Suspension (rear)As front
EnginePetronas 03A 3.0 V10 naturally aspirated Mid-engined, longitudianlly mounted
TransmissionSauber 7-speed Semi automatic
Competition history
Notable entrantsSauber Petronas
Notable drivers9. Germany Nick Heidfeld
10. Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Debut2003 Australian Grand Prix
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The car's most successful race came in the shape of the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis where they scored 10 points with Heidfeld finishing in 5th place and Frentzen achieving a podium finish of 3rd. The team finished sixth in the 2003 Constructors' Championship, scoring nineteen points from the sixteen races. This was one place down on the 5th position which the team achieved, when they used the Sauber C21s in the 2002 season.


Sauber went into the 2003 season with sponsorship continuity; the Red Bull sponsorship also featured but the airbox color became yellow. New sponsor, MTS GSM was featured on the C22's bargeboards.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit


Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
2003 Sauber Petronas Petronas V10* B AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR GER HUN ITA USA JPN 19 6th
  Nick Heidfeld Ret 8 Ret 10 10 Ret 11 Ret 8 13 17 10 9 9 5 9
  Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6 9 5 11 Ret DNS Ret Ret 9 12 12 Ret Ret 13 3 Ret

* denotes Ferrari engine badged as Petronas