SAUBER PETRONAS C17

The C17 - C stands for Peter Sauber´s wife Christiane - was the second car using Ferrari engines. At Sauber, who are based at Hinwil near Zurich in the German language speaking part of Switzerland, the Italian V10s are on the standard of Monza the year before and they are called Petronas by Sauber´s technical and commercial partner from Malaysia. In Switzerland Sauber is also running their own engine shop under the lead of Japanese Osamo Goto, who had been the technical director behind the Honda successes at the end of the eighties and the beginning of the nineties later being the head of Ferrari´s V12 programmes. The Sauber Petronas is representing the design standard of it´s time with no real experiments being dared, a fact, that correspondents with the pretty conservative ideology of the Swiss outfit, that had become very popular all over the world from their very beginning in 1993. After troubled years being the works team first of Mercedes-Benz, then of Ford with Ferrari and Petronas stability had entered in the Hinwil headquarters. The greatest problem there was, that they had got no wind tunnel of theirown available, so they had to use the one of the Emmen aircraft plant. That was not far away from the Sauber factory, but it was not on the same level as those ones of the British teams or Ferrari. For 1998 Johnny Herbert from Britain, who had been in the team since 1996, was joined by Jean Alesi, the Frenchman from Avignon with roots on the Italian island of Sicily. Both belonged to the older and experienced drivers and they showed a solid performance. Sauber Petronas had finished 6th position overall with 10 points in the 1998 constructors´worldchampionship being the best result until 2001, when they scored an excellent 4th place behind the big carmakers´entries.

Year: 1998 Model Designation: Sauber Petronas C17 Chassis: Sauber carbon fibre Engine: Petronas Ferrari 3.0 litre V10 Gearbox: Sauber 6 speed semi-automatic Tyres: Goodyear Length: 4410 mm Height: 1000 mm Width: 1800 mm Wheelbase: 2920 mm Weight: 600 kg with driver Sponsors: Red Bull (Energy Drinks from Ausria ) , Petronas (Oil Group from Malaysia) Drivers: Jean Alesi (France), Johnny Herbert (Britain)

Jutta Schmitt

 

 

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