#7010 Sauber - Sauber C18 (1999)
Sauber C18 (1999) as used by Jean Alesi (No 11) from the Sauber F1 team at the Technik Museum Sinsheim (Germany)
The Sauber C18 was the car with which the Sauber Formula One (F1) team competed in the 1999 Formula One season. It was driven by the Frenchman Jean Alesi (No 11), in his second year with the team, and the Brazilian Pedro Diniz (No 12), who replaced Stewart-bound Johnny Herbert. The Sauber C18 was also the first Sauber-built car to feature a seven-speed gearbox. The C18 was designed by Leo Ress, who was the team's chief designer between 1985 and 2002, and was equipped with the 1998 Ferrari engine (047), rebranded Petronas 03A. In the end, the team finished a disappointing eighth in the Constructors' Championship, with a meagre five points - the lowest total since its entry into F1 in 1993. The main sponsors were the Malaysian mineral oil company Petronas and the Austrian beverage manufacturer Red Bull. This time, the food company Parmalat, which joined the team with Jean Alesi, and the whirlpool outfitter Brastemp, the Fritz Kaiser Group and CATIA Solutions remained as other smaller sponsors.
The Technik Museum Sinsheim (Sinsheim Museum of Technology) is a technology museum with a strong emphasis on motorized means of transport.
It has been located in the town of Sinsheim (south-east of Heidelberg) in the German state of Baden-Württemberg since its opening in 1981. The two supersonic airliners Concorde and Tupolev Tu-144, which are standing together, are the most striking attraction, but the museum has several collections. The collection includes: aircraft, classic vintage cars, racing- and classic motorcycles, racy sports cars, Formula One legends, extensive militaria, mechanical, rarities and fashions. The museum was founded by car enthusiasts, with the entrepreneur Eberhard Layher as initiator. In addition, the museum also features an IMAX 3D cinema with state-of-the-art 4K technology and a 22x27 metre (about 72x88 ft) projection screen. The museum is connected to the Technik Museum Speyer (Speyer Museum of Technology) in the city of Speyer, which is 34 kilometres (21 mi) to the west.