Sauber C12

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Sauber C12
Sauber C12
Category Formula One
Constructor Sauber
Designer(s) Harvey Postlethwaite
Leo Ress
Successor Sauber C13
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Carbon fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Double wishbones, pushrod
Suspension (rear) Double wishbones, pushrod
Axle track Front: 1,690 mm (67 in)
Rear: 1,610 mm (63 in)
Wheelbase 2,930 mm (115 in)
Engine Sauber 2175A, 3,496 cc (213.3 cu in), 75° V10, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Sauber / XTrac T 6-speed semi-automatic
Weight 505 kg (1,113 lb)
Fuel Elf
Lubricants Liqui Moly
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Team Sauber AG
Notable drivers 29. Austria Karl Wendlinger
30. Finland JJ Lehto
Debut 1993 South African Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
16 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Sauber C12 was the car with which the Sauber Formula One team made its FIA Formula One World Championship debut in 1993. Its design was led by Leo Ress. Power was provided by a Sauber-branded 3.5-litre 72deg. V10 built by Ilmor in partnership with Mercedes. The Sauber branding was given the prominence of "Concept by Mercedes-Benz" decals on the engine cowling and the two parties' close relationship from their World Sportscar Championship program. Indeed, the engines were re-branded in 1994 to reflect the partnership.[2] The C12 also had lines like those of the Williams FW14.


Karl Wendlinger was re-united with his former WSC team in preparation for its Grand Prix debut. He already had two seasons of Formula One experience, having made his debut in the 1991 Japanese Grand Prix with Leyton House. JJ Lehto (Jyrki Järvilehto) had started 38 Grands Prix (not including failures to qualify) between 1989 and 1992. Lehto contributed to a promising start with a 5th place finish in the South African GP at Kyalami and improved on that with a 4th place classification at Imola, home of the San Marino GP, despite an engine problem.[1]

Finishing record

The C12 had a somewhat mixed record with a total of 12 DNFs due to mechanical failure, including seven engine failures (not including Imola, where Lehto was classified as a finisher). Driver-related incidents accounted for six more DNFs.

The C12 achieved six points finishes and eight non-scoring finishes from 32 starts.

Constructors' World Championship

The C12 achieved a points total of 12 and 7th place in the Constructors' World Championship standings. It was replaced at the start of the 1994 season by the Sauber C13.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1993 Sauber Sauber LH10[3]
Karl Wendlinger Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 13 6 Ret Ret 9 6 Ret 4 5 Ret 15
JJ Lehto 5 Ret Ret 4 Ret Ret 7 Ret 8 Ret Ret 9 Ret 7 8 Ret


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