The Sauber C30 was the first car at Sauber to be designed and built under the helm of new Technical Director James Key, who came over from Force India F1 during the 2010 season. The chassis was designed by James Key, Christoph Zimmermann, Pierre Waché and Seamus Mullarkey with the car being powered with a customer Ferrari engine with Ferrari’s customer KERS system. After running a near-blank livery in 2010, the team has acquired several sponsors including Jose Cuervo, and has had an investment from Telmex owner Carlos Slim to support Mexican newcomer Sergio Perez. Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi retained with the team from 2010 season. Perez, Champion of British Formula 3 National Class of 2007 and GP2 runner-up of 2010, became the first Mexican in F1 since Héctor Rebaque competed between 1977 and 1981. He scored 14 points in the 2011 Championship and finished the season 16th, while Kobayashi was 12th with 30 points.
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