Sauber will run Red Bull-spec exhausts

The Sauber team has confirmed it will run its own version of a Red Bull-like exhaust system on its C30 challenger at the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix in May, although the device will be tested by Kamui Kobayashi in Friday practice at the new round in Turkey.

The revised exhaust configuration is claimed to deliver up to half-a-second per lap in performance, and the Swiss team will certainly be hoping that it’s version of the exhaust layout works better than Williams’ attempt at last weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.

The concept had to be abandoned after it burned holes in the floor or Rubens Barrichello’s FW33.

“We will have the new exhaust system in Barcelona,” team boss Peter Sauber told the Blick newspaper. “[But] it will not come to the car until it has been properly tested.”

The James Key-designed C30 has certainly turned plenty of heads with its innovative features, including one of the most intricate front wing designs on the 2011 grid. Key is known – on the back of his work at Force India – for designing cars that are very quick in a straight line, and the C30 has also earned plaudits for being very gentle on its tyres.

“Every innovation has brought us a step forward,” Sauber beamed.

The team is also rumoured to be on the verge of signing yet another sponsor to its books, which is a far cry from last year when the team’s couldn’t scarcely manage any sponsorship stickers on its cars.

“We are close to signing the contract [with the new sponsor],” Sauber confirmed, although he declined to specify which organisation was coming on board.

[Original image via Sutton Images]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.