Sauber C30 Ferrari
The Sauber C30 is the first at Sauber to be designed and built under the helm of James Key. The Briton came over from Force India F1 during the 2010 season and brought with him valuable experience of working in a budget aware team while proving to be able to develop cars in a sensible manner.
After Sauber halted development of their C29 early in the season, the C30 already made its first appearance in the windtunnel in May 2010. Nonetheless, the C30 is not a radical step forward, but rather a thoughtful evolution, building on the strenghts and trying to iron out the weaknesses.
At first glance, the Sauber is a fairly simple car. It features a slightly wider nose than the C29, but apart from that nothing much has changed in the front, likely because the team already had it correct the year before.
The airbox above the driver's head still remains simple, without adding special inlets like several other teams team. Instead, Sauber focused to reduce the impact of the driver's helmet on the rear end of the car by cutting away more of the bodywork under the inlet. This leaves the airbox supported by 4 struts, rather than the previous two.
Left and right of the driver as somewhat bulkier sidepods that feature cooling inlets of reduced size. Despite adding KERS in the car, the system provided by Ferrari along with the engine, the sidepods are impressively undercut to reduce form drag at the front the sidepod.
All this leads to a nice flow of air along and over the downward sloping top of the sidepods onto the diffuser and the beam wing. Amidst this flow exit the engine exhausts, exiting just above the car's floor and close to the car's centre line. Thanks to Sauber's smaller gearbox, these exhausts now blow onto the central part of the diffuser, as well as partly through the starter hole.
Chassis: carbon-fibre monocoque
Length: 4,935 mm
Designation: Ferrari type 056
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