The #F1 Bar Exam: 20th February 2014

Welcome to this week’s edition of TheJudge13 #F1 Bar Exam.

Last week’s question(s): Can you name the car, the year and driver in the photo? Can you also name the team’s second driver that year and what the significance of the car name is.

The answer(s) I was looking for were: The car in the photo was the 1993 Sauber C12, built in “collaboration” with Mercedes. The drivers for that year was JJ Lehto (Jyrki Juhani Järvilehto – the driver in the photo of car #30) and Karl Wedlinger. The C in all Sauber’s car names stand for Christiane, the wife of Peter Sauber.

In 1993 planned Mercedes collaboration with Sauber to enter their own Formula One team was shelved, although behind closed doors Mercedes continued to fund Sauber’s Formula One project. The team was to be powered by V10 Ilmor engines in a chassis dubbed the C12, a continuation of Sauber’s naming policy from sports car construction.

The car’s racing debut took place in the first race of 1993, in South Africa. The car was soon turning heads not only for its sharp FW14-like lines and striking black livery but its impressive performance, claiming fifth place, (Two points under the scoring system at the time) on its grand prix debut. Despite this impressive entrance to the grand prix scene, over the remainder of the season the team rarely saw the finish line due to unreliability and racing accidents. However, they proved their form was not a flash in the pan recording a slow stream of points finishes and rarely finishing outside the top ten when they actually completed a race distance. Despite not achieving a podium, they ended the season with twelve points, seventh out of the thirteen original entries.

Well done to Philip, Milestone11, Marin, Frans, Cassius42, Curmudgeon, Peevee, J Emilio, Quattrovikal, Devon, Ignacio, Simon, Andy, Merlijn, Taflach, Toleman Fan, Alan, Stephen, Vik, Johnny, Reinis, Jim, Sid, Emil, Jorge, av2290, Dave, Radoslaw, the13thduke, Tony and Tim.

This week’s question(s): Can you name driver, year and team in the photo? Can you also name the year and the the founders of the team, and what connection they may have (had) with a current team on the 2014 grid?

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