Kamui Kobayashi says he is targeting regular points in 2012 after Sauber launched the new C31 at Jerez.

The Japanese driver goes into his third season with the Swiss team eager to become a regular contender for a place in the top ten having produced a number of strong drivers throughout recent years.

Having started 2011 strongly, Kobayashi saw Sauber's performance drop off as the year went on but the 25-year-old said he was hopeful of fighting for points throughout the new season.

"2012 will be not only my third season in Formula One, but also my third with the same team," he said. "We've been through a lot together and can benefit from our shared experiences.

"In my first year with the team we had a bad start but a good second half to the season. The second year was the exact reverse. In our third year together we should be a reliable bet to finish consistently in the points. I'm really looking forward to the new season with the Sauber F1 Team."

Speaking to reporters during the launch event at the Spanish circuit, Kobayashi said he felt there were two particular areas where Sauber will be strong this season - with new Pirelli compounds and the ban on blown diffusers set to aid the team.

"I looked at the new compounds and everything looks a little bit softer," he was quoted by ESPNF1. "Softer overall, except for the supersofts, so I mean for us it's definitely a good direction because our performance and race pace is usually good. If we can reduce the pitstops it would be great. It's difficult to say because it's still winter but at the moment it's looking a bit better.

"Last year we saw the exhaust performance brought a lot of speed. We had some more development but we stopped before Silverstone, but after Silverstone it wasn't banned so it's definitely performance we missed a lot and this year definitely we have another chance because definitely the system has gone."


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