Sauber took the wraps off its new C30 car in Valencia on Monday with the goal of providing greater consistency and more points finishes in 2011.
“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,” commented technical director James Key. “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.”
Key added that it was important to build a more ‘predictable car’ from the outset as teams get to grips with the season’s new regulations, not least the change to Pirelli rubber.
“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.”
Team principal Peter Sauber echoed Key’s sentiments, saying that the main goal is to finish in the points on a more consistent basis in 2011.
“We want to finish in the points regularly and clearly improve our position in the FIA Formula One constructors’ world championship,” said Sauber. “2010 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 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.”