The new C37 features an unusual nose treatment aimed at best channelling the airflow under the auto, and prominent branding from Alfa Romeo, Ferrari's sister brand, which is returning to F1 for the first time since 1985.
Launched today, the C37 model "signifies the first year of the partnership between two great brands in motorsport", Alfa Romeo and Sauber Motorsport. The 2018 Sauber C37 will have Marcus Ericsson and Ferrari rookie Charles Leclerc in th driver's seat, with the latter having replaced Jolyon Palmer. "We have put lots of effort and hard work into the C37 over the last few months, and it is fantastic to be launching the new auto today", enthused team principal Frédéric Vasseur. Sauber also says the C37 adopts a new aero philosophy over the C36 in a bid to deliver a step forward in form. For 2018, the C37 gets a host of changes in a bid to meet the new regulations, as well as new livery as well themed after its new title sponsor.
The Richard Mille brand, which was created back in 2001, will continue its huge presence in motorsport with Sauber and will be seen on sides of the new C37, team gear and driver overalls.
"I am convinced that Marcus and Charles form the ideal driver line-up", he continued, "with one being an experienced driver and one a promising rookie".
Despite back-to-back point-less seasons, Marcus Ericsson believes his experience in F1 will benefit Sauber as they look to move off the bottom of the table.
"I am very much looking forward to the 2018 season, and to seeing Marcus and Charles on track", said Frederic Vasseur.
"2017 was a difficult year but we worked hard as a team and made some good progress", he said. We have put lots of energy and commitment into the development of the C37.
The first Alfa Romeo vehicle to carry the Quadrifoglio was the "RL" driven by Ugo Sivocci which won the 15th edition of the Targa Florio in 1923. The last F1 vehicle to wear the Alfa Romeo badge was the 185T, a machine Riccardo Patrese dubbed "the worst auto I ever drove".
When Giuseppe "Nino" Farina won the very first Formula One world championship in 1950, his Alfetta 158 carried the four-leaf clover, as did 1951 championship victor Juan Manuel Fangio's 159.