The third team to unveil its new car for the 2010 Formula One race is BMW Sauber, which paraded its challenger at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. The car keeps the BMW name in its official team designation but the C29 will actually be the Swiss outfit's first ever car powered by a Ferrari engine.
Sauber's new car stands out due to the shark fin engine cover, which resembles what McLaren Mercedes showed on their MP4-25 at the course last Friday. Compared to the last season's car, the 2010 single-seater seems to have also borrowed the nose design from Red Bull's RB5.
Team owner Peter Sauber said that technical preparation of the 2010 car has not been interrupted and has proceeded according to plan since the spring of 2009. He said that the team has a "long tradition of bringing together an up-and-coming youngster and an experienced campaigner as a driver combination."
He regards this to be an approach that has brought a lot of success. Technical director Willy Rampf said that the development of the BMW Sauber C29 has seen the team build on the experience gained last year and the improvement in performance over the final third of the season.
Nonetheless, Rampf said that significant changes were made to the car's design due to the new regulations banning refueling during the race and stipulating a reduced width for the front tires.
According to team owner Peter Sauber, technical preparations for the BMW Sauber C29 since the spring of 2009 had continued on without any interruptions despite all the upheavals. Sauber quipped that the team will still field the same driver formula it has been using -- an up-and-coming young racer and a veteran campaigner.
Technical director Willy Rampf remarked that during the development of the BMW Sauber C29, the team built on its experience last year and reported major improvements in performance during the final third of the season.
He added that because new regulations now ban refueling during the race and require a reduced width for the front tires, the team has to make the necessary changes to the design of the BMW Sauber C29. Pedro de la Rosa, who is returning as race driver after a seven-year period as McLaren's test driver, remarked that with the BMW Sauber and the C29 F-1 race car, he feels like a proper racing driver again.
He said that during his years as a test driver, he missed the competition on the track. The upside though is that he learned a lot on the technical and systems side. He added that he wants to bring what he learned to the BMW Sauber team.
Kamui Kobayashi, who had his F1 debut with Toyota last year, quipped that he is determined not to disappoint Peter Sauber who has placed much faith in him. He added that his goal is to make Sauber proud of him.