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Sunday, January 31, 2010


Valencia circuit today was scene of two team launches.

Before noon BMW Sauber presented C29 car powered with Ferrari engines.The new C29, which sports a shark fin similar to the one used by McLaren in its new car, will be driven by Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi.
Sauber's car retains similar colours to those used during the BMW era, but with more white space due to the lack of sponsors.

Team Principal, Peter Sauber said:
"The last few months have been very intense for us. First we had to battle to secure the survival of the team and then we focused on putting a strong set-up in place for the future. The technical preparation of the 2010 car has continued uninterrupted and according to plan since the spring of 2009, despite all the turmoil. We have a long tradition of bringing together an up-and-coming youngster and an experienced campaigner as a driver combination and it's an approach that has brought us a lot of success.

"Pedro has been working at the highest level technically for many years and for a top team, and we can benefit as a team from this experience. Young Kamui also has a lot to offer us, and last year he impressed me particularly in Abu Dhabi."

Afternoon was reserved for the Renault Formula 1 team and its 2010 car-R30. Renault confirmed Vitaly Petrov as its second driver. The new R30 was unveiled by first Russian in F1,Petrov, and his team-mate Robert Kubica, driver line-up of the French squad this year.The R30 was presented with Renault's new colours, yellow and black, following the exit of ING as main sponsor in the middle of last season. It also incorporates a similar shark fin engine cover, as those seen in the new McLaren and Sauber cars.

Team Principal, Eric Boulier said:
"The start of a new Formula 1 season is always a time of great anticipation. For Renault, this is particularly true of the 2010 season as we begin a new era for the team. With a new structure in place, new drivers, and new colours, there is a lot to be excited about and a lot to look forward to in the year ahead.

"Setting objectives is never easy, but it's clear that we have high ambitions for 2010 as we aim to take Renault back to the front of the grid. However, this is not going to happen overnight and our ambition is to make this journey one step at a time. The R30 should be a competitive, strong and reliable car and we've opted for an aggressive development strategy. The factories in Enstone and Viry have been working flat-out during the long winter months to ensure that we begin the new season in the best shape possible. These factories have been successful in the past and they haven't forgotten how to win in Formula 1."