F1 Sauber C16

Race cars for sale / Belgium



We present you this splendid Formula Sauber C16.
(rolling chassis)

Specifications :

Model : C16

Year : 1997


Drivers : Norberto FONTANA / Johnny HERBERT / Nicola LARINI / Gianni MORBIDELLI

The Sauber C16 was the car with which the Sauber Formula One team competed in the 1997 Formula One season.
It was initially driven by Johnny Herbert, who was in his second season with the team, and Nicola Larini.
Larini's place in the team was secured via an arrangement that gave the team the previous year's Ferrari engines that were used in the F310 that scored three wins in 1996, badged as Petronas in deference to the team's major Malaysian sponsor.
This agreement to use Ferrari engines lasted until the team's purchase by BMW for 2006.

However, Larini, Ferrari's test driver, was unhappy with the team's ambience and quit after five Grands Prix.
Gianni Morbidelli was brought in as a replacement, but he broke his arm on two separate occasions during the year and had to be replaced by rookie Norberto Fontana whilst he recovered.
All three drivers were comprehensively out-performed by Herbert.

Against some expectations, the car was competitive at the beginning of the season, but fell away slightly as the season progressed due to lack of development compared with better-funded rivals. Herbert's impressive season culminated in the team's third-ever podium finish at the 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix (where he also beat both works Ferraris).
He scored all but one of the team's tally of points.

The team eventually finished seventh in the Constructors' Championship, with 16 points.

Many years later, some photos were leaked showing a top secret test carried out by Michael Schumacher in the C16 at Ferrari's test track at Fiorano in Italy.
The test took place in September 1997 in a de-badged C16.

More info:

Silvano Caira : +32 475 644 933

Possibility to rebuild your car and engine in our workshops.

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OFFICINA CAIRA As its name indicates, is a workshop dedicated to Formula One. Driven by the passion of this Motorsport and particularly by the cars that made its history. Created specifically for research, rehabilitation and certification of the cars by current racing teams. Officina Caira also provides restoration, technical assistance and authent... View profile

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