The Sauber C24 was a Formula One car built by Sauber for the 2005 season. Car number 11 was driven by Jacques Villeneuve, with Felipe Massa in car number 12, the first time Sauber had a non-European driver lineup. Originally, the Sauber C24 was supposed due to be launched in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 11 January, but the launch was cancelled due to the Asian tsunami disaster in 2004. This car was the first completely designed with the team's new wind tunnel at Hinwil. The team didn't have a test driver. The engine was a Petronas 05A 3.0 V10. The team's main sponsor was Credit Suisse. Sauber finished eighth in the Constructors' Championship scoring just 20 points - the team's lowest finish since 2000 season.
|Designer(s)||Willy Rampf (Technical Director) |
Jacky Eeckelaert (Engineering Director)
Christoph Zimmermann (Head of Chassis Design)
Phil Arnaboldi (Head of Car Concept)
Seamus Mullarkey (Head of Aerodynamics)
Dirk de Beer (Principal Aerodynamicist)
|Successor||BMW Sauber F1.06|
|Chassis||Carbon fibre monocoque|
|Suspension (front)||Upper and lower wishbones, inboard springs and dampers, actuated by pushrods|
|Suspension (rear)||As front|
|Engine||Petronas 05A (Ferrari 053) 3.0 90° V10 naturally aspirated, mid-engined, longitudinally mounted.|
|Transmission||Sauber 7-speed Semi automatic|
|Notable entrants||Sauber Petronas|
|Notable drivers||11. Jacques Villeneuve|
12. Felipe Massa
|Debut||2005 Australian Grand Prix|
Sauber went into 2005 season with sponsorship continuity. The livery had a sponsorship change with Red Bull sponsorship departing to Red Bull Racing after a nine-year alliance with Sauber. The front nose livery was changed to blue due to usage of Michelin Tires, previously the nose livery was white in 2001-2004 seasons.
The Sauber team was taken over by BMW for the 2006 season. A C24B variant of the car fitted with BMW's P86 V8 Formula One engine was used in early testing between the 2005 and 2006 seasons in the hands of Nick Heidfeld and Jacques Villeneuve. On 27 November 2005, Heidfeld attended a Sauber seat fitting with his former boss Peter Sauber. On 28 November-2 December 2005, Heidfeld attended off-season testing at Barcelona in a C24B car using Michelin tyres. On 7-17 December 2005, Heidfeld and Villeneuve attended off season testing at Circuito de Jerez with the same car. Just before the launch of BMW Sauber F1.06, Heidfeld attended off-season testing with C24B car in the full white interim livery on 10-13 January 2006.
Complete Formula One resultsEdit
|2005||Sauber Petronas||Petronas V10*||M||AUS||MAL||BHR||SMR||ESP||MON||EUR||CAN||USA||FRA||GBR||GER||HUN||TUR||ITA||BEL||BRA||JPN||CHN||20||8th|
* denotes Ferrari engine badged as Petronas
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