The team released a couple of official website snaps before Kamui Kobayshi and Sergio Pérez took the covers off the new car – the first to be designed for the team under the watch of technical director James Key – in a freezing Valencia pit lane.
The new car looks outwardly similar to its predecessor, and houses a fully integrated blown diffuser, KERS and the new-for-2011 adjustable rear wing – now mounted by a single strut, rather than the double-strut arrangement used on the C29.
“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,” Key said at the car’s launch.
“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.”
“We want to finish in the points regularly and clearly improve our position in the FIA Formula 1 constructors’ world championship," added team founder Peter Sauber.
Rather disappointingly, the C30 is very unimaginative in its livery, adopting the same largely white decal adorned with its (predominantly Mexican) sponsor’s logos.
Interestingly, Mexican telco Telmex doesn’t have a greater presence in terms of branding visibility as was perhaps expected given the size of the investment they were reported to have made in the team, and there is still vacant real estate on the C30 for other prospective sponsors to join the team’s portfolio.