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Sauber C32 - narrow sidepods 13 March 2013

The Sauber C32 has a very distinctive look, with its extremely narrow sidepods setting it apart from any other car on the grid. The sidepods are around 10cm narrower on each side than in 2012 which minimises the blockage of airflow (and reduces drag), but required the Swiss team to develop a new, vertical radiator installation. Whilst the reduction in drag will certainly be of benefit, some observers have questioned whether the narrow sidepods will lead to an overall reduction in downforce because they'll be less able to channel airflow to the rear of the car. The yellow arrows on the drawing show the large distance between the sidepods and the vertical turning vanes, which are set at the 140cm limit permitted by the regulations.