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Brabham BT34
Scale 1/20
Kit Manufacturer
Detail Sets AMC Models
Year 2004
Driver Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita)
Event Australian GP
Paint Zero Paints Mica Blue
Date Completed July 2020
Additions none
Box Art boxart

The Sauber C23 was a Formula One racing car designed by Sauber for the 2004 Formula One season. It was driven by Giancarlo Fisichella, who had swapped from Jordan along with Nick Heidfeld, Felipe Massa and test driver Neel Jani. It had a 3.0 litre 90 degree normally aspirated V10 Ferrari engine although this was badged as a Petronas egine. The fuel also came from Petronas and the car raced with Bridgestone tyres.

Giancarlo Fisichella outscored his various team mates with 22 championship points and a best finish of 4th place at the Canadian Grand Prix while Felipe Massa scored 12 points also with a best finish of 4th place at the Belgian Grand Prix. The team scored 34 points overall and finished in 6th place in the Constructors' Championship.

The team went into 2004 retaining all of their major sponsors and the livery closely resembles Sauber's previous car, the C22 with the notable exception was the removal of computer software company TEMENOS whoch had ended their sponsorship of the team in 2003. The C23 will always be credited as the last car to feature sponsorship from the Austrian energy drink manufacturer Red Bull as 2005 saw the company begin it's hugely successful venture into forming it's own Red Bull Racing F1 team. With the departing Red Bull sponsorship gone the following season's Sauber C24 subsequently featured Credit Suisse as it's main sponsor.

This is a curbside build and is a conversion from the Ferrari F2003GA using the AMC transkit. The unveiling of the Sauber C23 in 2004 caused much controversy as the car was virtually identical in design to the previous season's Ferrari - the F2003-GA. With some justification there were allegations along the Pit Lane from a number of teams that Sauber had simply repainted Ferrari's 2003 car, although this never reached the point where a formal complaint was ever registered with the FIA, who indeed made a public statement which said they were satisified with Sauber's car, and although it bore a strong resemblance to the Ferrari they confirmed that it was a completely different car.

Sauber C23 Gallery
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Giancarlo Fisichello - 2004 Spanish GP
Jaques Villenueve - 2004 German GP
Jaques Villenueve - 2004 Belgian GP
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