The Sauber C30 was unveiled in Valencia this morning at the start of what promises to be a busy couple of days. The car retains its white and graphite livery, but on contrast to this time last year features a lot of sponsorship – with Telmex and other Mexican names figuring prominently.
The car, which has a higher nose than its predecessor has a Ferrari engine, gearbox and KERS package. It’s the first product of the team’s relationship with technical director James Key, who joined last April.
“We want to finish in the points regularly and clearly improve our position in the FIA Formula One Constructors’ World Championship,” said Peter Sauber, “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.
Key said: “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. 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.”
New boy Perez said: ““I’m aware how challenging Formula One is from both a driver’s point of view and technically. I’ve got a lot to learn, and in Kamui I have an excellent yardstick. My personal goal is to make steady progress. The support I’m getting back in my home country is huge, and I don’t want to disappoint anyone over there either.”