Atlas F1 - The 2003 Teams


The C22 Car Specifications

Primary sponsors

  • Credit Suisse
  • Red Bull
  • Petronas Malaysia
  • Mobile TeleSystems

    Chassis: Carbon fibre monocoque

    Front and Rear Suspension: Upper and lower wishbones, (front and rear) inboard springs and dampers, actuated by pushrods (Sachs Race Engineering)

    Brakes: Six-piston calipers (Brembo) front and rear; carbon pads and discs (Brembo).

    Transmission: Longitudinally mounted, seven-speed

    Chassis Electronics: Magneti Marelli

    Length: 4470 mm

    Width: 1800 mm

    Height: 1000 mm

    Front Track: 1470 mm

    Rear Track: 1410 mm

    Wheelbase: 3100 mm

    Weight: 600 kg (driveable car including driver, tank empty)

    Wheels: OZ

    Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza

    Dimensions: Front: 265/55R13 Rear 325/45R13

    Engine Specification - PETRONAS 03A

    Number of Cylinders: 10

    Configuration: 90 degree vee

    Displacement: 2997 cc

    Cylinder Block: Aluminium

    Number of Main Bearings: 6

    Number of Camshafts: 4 OHC

    Camshaft Drive: Interlocked

    Number of Valves: 40

    Valve Mechanism: Pneumatic

    Ignition System: Magneti Marelli

    Injection: Magneti Marelli

    Oil System: Oil sump

    Team Principals

    Team Principal - Peter Sauber

    Peter Sauber first made contact with motorsport in 1967, when he bought a tuned VW beetle from Zurich race driver Arthur Blank. In the following year he drove it successfully in club and national races. In 1970, Sauber built his own racecar, the C1, with which he immediately won the Swiss sports car championship. This satisfied Peter Sauber's ambitions as a race driver. He was more interested in the technical aspects of motor sports and so he founded the company PP Sauber AG in Hinwil for the construction of race cars, which also offered servicing of commercial cars.

    In 1986, Peter Sauber sold his garage and moved into new premises in Hinwil. This is where he built his successful sports cars and prototypes, the C9, C11 and C291 and eventually planned the C12, his very first Formula One car. In 1992, the company moved into the newly built high-technology factory in Hinwil, where the C12 was built. The following year the C12 had its debut in Formula One.

    In 1995 strong partnerships were formed with PETRONAS and Red Bull, and in 1996, SAUBER PETRONAS ENGINEERING AG was founded, a joint-venture with Malaysia's national oil company. This partnership includes the construction of a high-performance engine for commercial cars and was extended to the construction of a GP1 motorcycle race engine in the year 2000.

    As President of the Board of Directors, Sauber - now 59 years old - is responsible for the strategic vision of SAUBER MOTORSPORT AG. After several years, he has also taken over the company's operative leadership. Furthermore, this entrepreneur from Zurich, runs the SAUBER PETRONAS race team as its Team Principal.

    Technical Director - Willy Rampf

    Willy Rampf (49) has been Technical Director since the beginning of the season 2000. He is responsible for technology and the cars. On 1 December 1999, Willy Rampf, an old friend of the team, returned from Munich to Hinwil. The Bavarian from Thalheim had been with Sauber as a race engineer until the end of 1997, including three years for Heinz-Harald Frentzen. After that, the graduated vehicle engineer went to Munich for two years to work for BMW. From 1979 to 1993 he had already worked for BMW in Munich and South Africa.

    Head of Vehicle Engineering - Jacky Eeckelaert

    Jacky Eeckelaert (48) has been working in motor sports for 24 years and knows Formula One from his experience with Jordan, Prost and Sauber. Since 2000 he has occupied various positions at Sauber: Head of Test Team, Race Engineer for Kimi Räikkönen, Head of Track Engineering and Race Engineer for Felipe Massa. In the forthcoming season, Eeckelaert will be heading Track Engineering. Furthermore, he will be Heinz-Harald Frentzen’s Race Engineer. The Belgian from Antwerpen studied mechanical engineering at the University of Leuven.

    Engine Director - Osamu Goto

    Osamu Goto (55) from Tokyo, Japan, has been Engine Director since 1997. Between 1969 and 1990 he worked for Honda, at the end for seven years in Formula One. Before coming to Sauber, he worked for McLaren (1991-1993) and Ferrari (1994-1996). In Hinwil, Goto is principally responsible for special tasks and projects.

    The Drivers

    Nick Heidfeld
    see bio

    Heinz-Harald Frentzen
    see bio

    Related Links

    The 2003 Sauber Launch Pictures
    The 2003 Sauber Launch News Report
    The official Sauber web site
    The official Nick Heidfeld web site
    The official Heinz-Harald Frentzen web site
    Sauber F1 Statistics on FORIX

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