At the start of its 2002 campaign, Sauber is determined to defend its excellent fourth place in the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship for Constructors. The C21 is a completely new car that evolved from the successful C20. The principal aim of the development programme carried out under the auspices of Technical Director Willy Rampf and his team has been to maintain the excellent consistency and performance of the C20 while achieving an improvement in aerodynamic efficiency, not just in terms of the most favourable ratio of downforce against drag, but also in areas such as engine cooling. At the same time, however, weight reduction, a lower centre of gravity, superior torsional rigidity and further optimisation of the engine and gearbox packaging were also priorities.
Sauber continues its commitment to young drivers. Nick Heidfeld, the 24 year-old German, is joined in his second season with the team by 20 year-old Brazilian Felipe Massa, the reigning Euro 3000 series champion.
Company press release, last updated before 12 / 01 / 2004