Sauber F1 Team Launches C30 Car

Sauber F1 Team has become the 4th squad to unveil its 2011-spec challenger ahead of the Valencia test tomorrow, launching its new C30 car on Monday morning. As expected, the new Ferrari-powered car features the same high-nose design present on the Ferrari, Mercedes and Team Lotus challengers so far, while also benefiting from a redesigned rear section.

As compared to its C29 predecessor, the new racer comes with more aggressive sidepods and a single mounting for its rear-wing (rather than double mounting), while also incorporating a blown diffuser. In addition, it has been confirmed that the car will be fitted with a Ferrari-developed Kinetic Energy Recovery System starting with the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

We want to finish in the points regularly and clearly improve our position in the FIA Formula 1 constructors' world championship,” stated his intentions the very owner of the team Peter Sauber. “2010 marked the 41st year of our company history and one of the most difficult.

He insisted that after a difficult campaign in 2010, the team is now committed to progress.

Never before had we faced such reliability problems, but we managed to overcome them in the second half of the season. We implemented some well-considered structural changes. The appointment of James Key as Technical Director already bore fruit last season, and he is now in charge of development of the Sauber C30-Ferrari.”

The team's technical director James Key confirmed that the development work on the new C30 was aimed at eliminating the weak points of the C29 and improving the areas where it struggled last season.

In order to take a step forward in 2011, we were already systematically tackling the C29's weaknesses over the last season – and we've made progress. The insights we gleaned were taken into account when the concept for the new C30 was being drawn up.”

In addition, it is also important for us to go into winter testing with a car we understand, and we have worked hard on ensuring the characteristics of the car are heading in a direction we believe in. There will be much to learn about the new Pirelli tires and in this respect we want to ensure there are no surprises with the way the car is handling.”
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