Peter Sauber insists his team is in good shape for the 2011 F1 season, despite the fact the Hinwil-based outfit will have one of the least experienced driver line-ups on the grid.
Kamui Kobayashi will lead the team into the new campaign but has only 21 F1 starts to his name, while team-mate Sergio Perez will be making his debut after moving up from GP2.
Despite that lack of experience, Sauber insisted he wasn't worried about the new campaign and said he was confident that the team will be able to build on its solid showing during the latter half of 2010.
“I'm confident that we're going into next year in good shape from a driver point of view,” he said. “Kamui has also made big steps forward this year on the technical side of things, and I have no doubt that he will continue to grow with his new responsibility. Sergio is brimming with talent. For him, it's a question of learning quickly. Here, he can pick things up from Kamui in the same way that Kamui did from Pedro and Nick.
“It's worth remembering that 2001 was one of the most successful years to date for Sauber – and that season we had a rookie by the name of Kimi Raikkonen alongside Nick, who was in only his second year in F1, as our drivers.”
After a difficult start to 2010 with the C29, Sauber eventually ended the year eight in the championship standings and the team boss said work was going well on the C30 that will replace it next year.
“The development of the Sauber C30-Ferrari is running according to plan,” he said. “We're setting our sights high, and things are looking good so far. James Key has proved in the past that he knows how to build fast cars.
“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.”