Sauber C30 hits the track in Valencia

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Kamui Kobayashi has put the first laps on the Sauber C30 in Valencia.

The Japanese driver did a series of installation laps and filming laps in the car which was launched this morning.

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69 comments on Sauber C30 hits the track in Valencia

  1. Icemangrins said on 31st January 2011, 13:44

    One of the picture appears like Kamui pumping his fists after a victory. Great Character !!

  2. Sparky said on 31st January 2011, 13:54

    Sneaky the way some teams are using a filming day to do the initial shake down. (more time to get on with the proper testing on day one) Surprised we haven’t seen more do it.

  3. Sparky said on 31st January 2011, 14:15

    Sure but there’s not a lot of “testing” that you can do on the film days. You have to use special tyres and I’m sure there are some other restrictions, but as a chance to see if your new car will make it round a few laps without anything falling off – perfect.

  4. nicko said on 31st January 2011, 14:49

    is that camera on the car?

  5. Demos12 said on 31st January 2011, 14:56

    nice to see it’s not white any more

  6. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 31st January 2011, 14:59

    That front wing seems to be as flexible as Red Bull’s were last year.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 31st January 2011, 15:40

      We are probably going to see those all over the grid this year. Red Bull proved this was legal, after all they meet the tests

  7. 4 pillars support the airbox; seems similar with Toro Rosso STR6 photo that was released during alguersuari seat fitting

    • Oliver said on 31st January 2011, 15:50

      I think the pillars are probably there as the engine sits further back than the car of last year, as I assume Sauber are running KERS this year, hence the elongated airbox-roll over hoop.

  8. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 31st January 2011, 15:06

    just below the camera, on the nose cone, there are two weird fins!

  9. driftin said on 31st January 2011, 15:15

    That’s so much better looking than last year’s car.

  10. TED BELL said on 31st January 2011, 15:26

    How is the rear wing moved…does it just lay down or ??

    • The front edge rises, it has to be that way so it can fail safe. In other if it collapses it drops to the high profile position, presenting it’s maximum surface and thus is safe.

      • TED BELL said on 31st January 2011, 22:39

        This seems to make sense…what controls it?? Mechanical or electrical ?? Then how is it operated?? Lever or button ??

  11. I guess the sauber team has never heard of GoPro cameras…lol

    Wow do those front wing endplates have quite a bit of detail!

  12. Strange, they seem to be using different tyres to the Ferrari shakedown?

    Wouldn’t that be against the rules?

    As far as I know, testing is only allowed on designated tyres

    Or are there simple many different types of designated tyres for promotional use?

  13. LoneFanMX said on 31st January 2011, 15:50

    Hello everyone, here we go again! The thunder of the engines, the roar of the croud, really looking forward to this season. I must thank Keith and his superb website for rekindling my F1 passion, and everyone in the comment section for reminding me that F1 is a monster with many heads; a complex, fast and intriguing sport that thanks to websites like this everyone with the slightest interest has at his fingertips the opportunity to become a bonafide F1 fanatic!!

  14. dyslexicbunny said on 31st January 2011, 15:53

    Nice placement for the new sponsor – Cuervo. Β΅Viva el Sauber!

    New rule: shot of Cuervo per Sauber pass.

    • Anatoly Nechaev said on 31st January 2011, 16:48

      Don’t know about Cuervo, but if you’ll drink Flagman vodka each time Renault passes, i’m afraid you won’t even see the pit stops. 8)

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 31st January 2011, 23:26

      New rule: shot of Cuervo per Sauber pass.

      I have a bottle of 1800 ready to go… Bahrain is early morning for me though, so I’ll have to wait for Australia to try out your Kobayashi drinking game.

      • dyslexicbunny said on 1st February 2011, 14:52

        Peter, you can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning…

        It’s not like Bahrain won’t be early either on the east coast. :D

  15. Fixy (@fixy) said on 31st January 2011, 15:57

    Like the Pirelli logo on the nosecone a lot more than Ferrari’s.

  16. Sangeen Khan said on 31st January 2011, 16:05

    Oh what cheats..Anything related to Ferrari is a cheat.They are testing the engines for Ferrari.Should be thrown out..


  17. tyngdekraft (@tyngdekraft) said on 31st January 2011, 16:34

    I expect a lot from Kamui this season

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 31st January 2011, 23:28

      That’ll depend on the limits of the car… Whatever they are he’ll surpass them. I get what you mean though, he could certainly improve his qualifying pace and his consistency.

  18. dexterous (@dexterous) said on 31st January 2011, 16:44

    The Green lotus is a much more better looking car that these three……. .like i said earlier this year the cars are going to look a little ugly …did not expect so ugly ……

  19. LoneFanMX said on 31st January 2011, 17:44

    By the way Sauber’s technical director James Key thinks that the new Ferrari push rod dampers will make a real difference. I noticed in the 2010-2011 Ferrari comparison photos that they found a solution in implementing the push rod in a way that gains all of the advantages of the RBR inverted suspension (sleeker aerodynamic profile, better diffuser performance) and at the same time retains the tried and true characteristics of the push rod suspension. Considering the change in tyre manufacturer, removing the suspension variable will prove decisive I think.

  20. The New Pope said on 31st January 2011, 18:11

    I hope Kobayashi gets a podium this year.

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