Sauber was first F1 team to launch its 2012 car in Jerez on Monday. Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez unveiled the car to the media, with the C31 featuring another 'stepped' nose. The other most noticeable difference from the C30 are at the rear, with a redesigned gearbox allowing for more tightly packaged bodywork and a reconfigured floor.

Team principal Peter Sauber said:
"We're aiming to start the new season as strongly as we did in 2011, but then also to maintain this level of performance throughout the year. Our goal is to finish regularly in the points so as to put ourselves in a significantly better position in the World Championship."