Sauber: Development of C30 going to plan
1 December 2010 – Peter Sauber has revealed that his team is progressing well with the development of its 2011 car and he is convinced they are on course to build on an encouraging end to the season, which saw them score points in three out of the final four grand’s prix.
Sauber bought back his F1 team from BMW twelve months ago, after the German manufacturer opted to quit in the wake of the financial crisis, and while it has not been easy, the 67-year-old added he has no regrets.
“No, never,” he replied when asked just that. “And I never will [regret it]. I knew that keeping the team alive would be a very difficult task. But if I hadn’t taken the plunge, every day I’d have been asking myself why.
“We’ve cleared one obstacle after another from our path; when I compare the situation a year ago to where we are today, everybody in the team can be proud of what we’ve achieved.
“The development of the Sauber C30-Ferrari [our 2011 car] is running according to plan. We’re setting our sights high, and things are looking good so far.
“All the changes to the technical regulations – including the ban on double diffusers, the introduction of Pirelli tyres, adjustable rear wings and the option of using KERS – make this a particularly exacting challenge this year. [But] James Key has proved in the past that he knows how to build fast cars.
“In April he took over as Technical Director and achieved a great deal in a short period of time. He and his team identified the weaknesses of the C29 and laid down a clear roadmap for improvements.
“These ideas were quickly put into practice and had a positive effect. After collecting just a single World Championship point in the first eight races of the season, we added another 36 over the next eight GPs – plus seven in the final three races.
“Our success in finding a way out of such a difficult situation over the course of the season represents a fine advertisement for the quality and spirit within the team,” he concluded.