February launch for 2012 Sauber 16 Dec 2011
Sauber have become the first of the 12 Formula One teams to officially confirm a launch date for their 2012 car. The wraps will come off the Ferrari-powered C31 at Jerez on February 6, the day before the start of the first pre-season test at the Spanish circuit.
The C31 will be raced next season by the Swiss squads unchanged driver line-up of Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez, as they look to improve on their seventh-place finish in the 2011 constructors championship.
In a light-hearted press release revealing the launch date, Sauber suggested that technical director James Key has also been busy overseeing the creation of a carbon-fibre Advent wreath for the Christmas period, which has been bonded to the 17-metre-high ceiling of the teams wind tunnel building using a pushrod-actuated wishbone construction.
The circular form of the wreath conforms strictly with Christmas regulations to ensure there arent any of those seasonal arguments, explained Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn, with team principal Peter Sauber adding: The wreaths impressive performance really comes into its own on Sundays, when we need it most. Further development stages will follow in the run-up to Christmas Eve.
According to Sauber, the wreath has a closed circuit design and weighs 640 kilograms (not including candles). Furthermore, the candles - made from high-density beeswax - are kept aspirated off-throttle to ensure optimum flame development
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