Sauber unveils C30posted in F131 | 01 | 2011

    SAUBER IS THE latest grand prix team to unveil its 2011 racer. The Ferrari-powered C30 was unveiled today in Valencia and, in common with the majority of current-generation Formula One cars, it boasts a standard high nose in F1 and a more slender rear end compared to last year's challenger.

    "Our aim in the development of the Sauber C30-Ferrari has been to build on the strengths of the C29 and to eliminate its weak points," technical director James Key said. "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 tyres and in this respect we want to ensure there are no surprises with the way the car is handling."

    Key's views were supported by the boss of the Swiss outfit, team principal Peter Sauber who said he hoped the C30 would help the team make progress in the areas where it was lacking last year.

    "We want to finish in the points regularly and clearly improve our position in the FIA Formula 1 constructors' world championship," he said. "Last season marked the 41st year of our company history and one of the most difficult.

    "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 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."

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    Jim McGill

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