Sauber Launch C30
Sauber's 2011 driver line-up Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Pere were at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia on Monday morning to unveil the team's 2011 car, the C30 ahead of its track debut in testing starting at the circuit in Valencia on Tuesday morning. The team will begin with a development programme that will see the team fit a new aerodynamic package to the car before the 2011 season-opener in Bahrain on the 13th March. After a season on transition in 2010, which saw the team transform from a works to a private team. Sauber has high hopes that the Ferrari-powered C30 will form the basis for a more stable 2011 campaign and help them better their eighth place finish in the constructors’ standings last year. Speaking about his hopes for the 2011 season, team principal Peter Sauber said: “We want to finish in the points regularly and clearly improve our position. 2010 marked the 41st year of our company history and one of the most difficult. But we managed to overcome these difficulties 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. At the same time, we have managed to secure our business foundation for the 2011 season. In these economically straitened times that is something we can be proud of too.” Technical director, James Key, added that Sauber’s aim for the C30 was to prove on the reliability of its predecessor. With the teams major targets being to improve aerodynamic efficiency, low-speed cornering, mechanical grip and to gain more flexibility in suspension tuning. “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,” explained Key. “The insights we gleaned were taken into account when the concept for the new C30 was being drawn up." Key continued, adding that changes in technical regulations for the 2011 season, left Sauber engineers with a tricky task. The main being the ban on double diffusers, which fundamentally alters the car’s aerodynamic concept. Whilst the switch to Pirelli tyres meant the engineers had to make decisions during the concept phase before the teams had a chance to test the tyres out on track. “Since some of the changes decreed by the regulations - particularly regarding the tyres - can only be analysed out on track, it was important for us to build, firstly, a fundamentally predictable car and, secondly, one that would provide sufficient flexibility to respond to ongoing findings at the track and during further development stages,” Key added.