Monday, 6 February 2012

Sauber launch C31 in Jerez

Sauber become the sixth team to launch their 2012 car.

Sauber have unveiled their 2012 car, named the C31, in Jerez. Just a few days before this launch, it was announced that Technical Director James Key, who has been with Sauber since 2010, was leaving the squad.

Sauber's 2012 car, the C31
Chief Designer Matt Morris said the car is a combination of new plans and developed ideas from its predecessor, the C30. “We had established some good directions to go in towards the end of last year with the C30 which we wanted to continue with, particularly some of our DRS developments, and some of the ways we were opting for with the car’s set up in order to improve our qualifying performance without compromising our race pace. Because of the new definition in the rules we know that the disadvantages we had last year with a lack of the strong exhaust effect will be less of an issue for us now. As a result we evolved further our directions from C30 regarding the overall aero development of the car.” The car features a totally new livery, with a much larger section being black. Interestingly, this is another of the cars which has the step in the nose, with still only McLaren not using it.

Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi will be driving it in 2012, as they bid to improve on last season's seventh place in the Constructor's Championship. The car will be involved in the first pre-season test, at Jerez, which begins tomorrow. Kobayashi will drive on the Tuesday and Friday, while Perez is in the car on Wednesday and Thursday.

2011 Season Review: Sauber

Keep with my blog for all the opinions, launches and testing updates throughout the winter, as we count down to the Australian Grand Prix.

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