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Sauber F1 Team launches C31 in Jerez

Hinwil/Jerez de la Frontera – Today, Monday, the Sauber F1 Team launches its new car for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship. Drivers Kamui Kobayashi (25) and Sergio Pérez (22) unveil the Sauber C31-Ferrari at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain, where on Tuesday official Formula One pre-season testing will get underway. For filming purposes the C31 will cover its initial laps today.

The Sauber F1 Team will enter its 20th season in the FIA Formula One World Championship spearheaded by an unchanged driver line-up. With Kamui Kobayashi, Sergio Pérez and reserve driver Esteban Gutiérrez piloting the new Sauber C31-Ferrari, the Swiss outfit will be looking to further improve in 2012. “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,” explains Team Principal Peter Sauber. “Our goal is to finish regularly in the points so as to put ourselves in a significantly better position in the World Championship.”

Only three of their rivals on this year’s grid have been in Formula One longer than Peter Sauber’s team. After an excellent start to 2011, the team’s form fell away mid-way through the season following the decision to cease development of a controversial technology. “The Sauber C31-Ferrari boasts a large number of promising new developments, but in other areas it is a systematic further development of last year’s car,” says Sauber.

“We are looking forward to another season working with our young and talented drivers,” adds the Team Principal. “Kamui will be competing in his third full season in F1. Last year we asked him to take on leadership responsibilities within the team and he has grown into the role. With his rookie season behind him Sergio is now approaching his second season, which is often the most difficult in a driver’s Formula One career. Both drivers have huge potential and will work with the same race engineers as in 2011 to continue developing that promise. Esteban will be competing full-time in GP2 in his second season in the category and has shown – most recently in the November test – that he could also step into the car for a Grand Prix, if required.”

Young & quick

The personable Kamui Kobayashi (25) became an instant favourite of Formula One fans on his arrival in the sport, not least with his daring but fair overtaking moves. “2012 will be not only my third season in Formula One, but also my third with the same team,” says the young Japanese. “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.

In 2012 Sergio Pérez (22) is setting out to put the lessons from a turbulent but impressive rookie season in 2011 into practice. “My first year in Formula One felt like three years, there were so many new things to take in,” admits the Mexican. “But now I feel like I’ve arrived in Formula One and I’m determined to take a step up in 2012 and achieve better results for the team on a regular basis.”

20-year-old Esteban Gutiérrez will be focusing on the races in the GP2 Series. “At the same time,” says the team’s other Mexican driver, “I’m looking forward to working more with the Sauber F1 Team. I’m learning a lot by being able to experience and analyse the professionalism and intensity of the team’s work from the inside. It’s good preparation for me.”

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Esteban Gutiérrez talks about his first season in the GP2 series.

Monterrey, Mexico – As a year of learning and progress, is how Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez rates 2011, when he enrolled for the first time in the GP2 Series with team Lotus ART and attended F1 events as a reserve driver for Sauber F1 Team.

Finally at home, as both championships have finished their seasons, Gutierrez reflects on this year to keep the good things and learn from bad experiences to try and avoid them next time around.

“For the most part I keep all the experience gained from the competitiveness of this series, it really was a pleasure and a privilege to be able to race at such high level to improve my abilities and knowledge as a driver for the future.

“On the other hand this has been a year I enjoyed so much. I had great times by overtaking other drivers to climb up from the back of the grid, or from the middle of it, and to be able to fight at the front. All of that has helped me grow and develop my competitiveness”, said the driver.

Esteban recognized that things did not result quite as they had planned at the beginning of the year in the F1 feeder series, as they intended to be more consistent but a number of situations prevented them from achieving the goal.

“My objective was to be more consistent but we really did not achieve those results for one reason or another. In the end the experience of this consistency should help us and we expect to be better next year.

“We realized that we have to keep our head cool at all times and I think that was the foundation to keep making progress and to improve the basics and the driving, as we indeed improved even though that does not show on the results”, he remarked.

On a different note, the 20-year-old driver had the opportunity to drive the Sauber C30-Ferrari car and to join team Sauber in the F1 events, which leaves him with great learning and professional growth.

“It has been a terrific opportunity to attend all the F1 events. I have been able to analyze the races from a different perspective. It is a very intense atmosphere where a lot of adaptation is needed, and I think that being there as a reserve driver and living every little thing that happens has given me a new advantage for my evolution during the race, for my learning and adaptation. I hope I can be one of their official drivers in the future.

“Working with the team, getting to know the work that every person does, and get a better knowledge of how a Formula 1 team works is an opportunity that I enjoyed very much and that I will remember for the rest of my life, not only in my professional career but also in my personal life”, explained Gutierrez.

 Esteban will spend Christmas and New Year days with his family in Monterrey, and he values this time very much, as he is not with them during the year because of the many responsibilities that he has as a driver.

“Being with my family is the most important thing; I will use this time off to relax. We have the dinner planned and I intend to share this time with my family, as well as the Christmas presents and all the other things we do in Mexico.

“I value it very much (this time off), I’ve spent a lot of time traveling and you don’t get to be with your family, so being here with them now is very important to me personally”, he concluded.

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Esteban Gutierrez is in Abu Dhabi for the GP2 Special event

Abu Dhabi, UAE – To achieve a good result and to apply what was tested on the training in Barcelona, Spain, are Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez’s objectives on his last GP2 performance of the year.

The 5.554 km Yas Marina circuit of Abu Dhabi will host this weekend the 2011’s final event of the Formula 1 feeder series, where French team Lotus ART will take part with Esteban at the wheel.

“I will be finally in action this weekend in Abu Dhabi. All the team will be there and that is positive as we will be able to feel the work and the environment within the team, in preparation for the next season.

“This event will not award any points and for that reason we will seek to take advantage of the race time and to fight for the top positions; we are going to do our best effort and will try to enjoy the race, as it is the last event of the year”, said Esteban.

Gutierrez thinks qualifying will be critical this weekend, since the Abu Dhabi track is somewhat difficult in terms of overtaking, hence the importance of starting from the front positions.

“Basically we are going to try and be competitive to be among the top drivers; that is the goal, I think we can fight for the front positions and that is what we are going to be focused on, using this event as a part of our preparation.

“Overtaking is difficult on this track, as we could see in other races, and that means qualifying is going to be critical on the first race, while race two will pose a big challenge if we start from the middle of the grid; it’d be a big challenge to gain positions”, he remarked.

With the last event of the year taking place in Abu Dhabi, Esteban takes this weekend as a fundamental part of his preparation for season 2012.

“It is a very positive feeling. We knew that after Monza we had this final event where you can experiment a little, considering the series will not race in Asia this year, which is why this event is critical.

“The fact that we are here together with the F1 also adds value to our race because the atmosphere is practically the same as usual”, said the driver.


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Renault has decided to maintain its commitment to Formula One and welcomes the
perspective of a strategic partnership with Genii Capital, a Luxemburg based firm
specialized in new technologies, brand management and motor sport. Following the
proposed sale of a large stake of Renault F1 Team to Genii, both partners will operate the
team together. The letter of intent signed by the two companies should be concluded in early 2010.

For 2010, the team will retain its name, its identity and the core ingredients that led to the successes
achieved in 2005 and 2006. The team will continue to be supplied with engines by its sister
company in Viry-Châtillon, which is also pleased to have received a renewed commitment from Red
Bull Racing for the 2010 season.

After 35 years in the sport, Renault today announces a new phase for its F1 programme, consistent
with Formula One’s drive for cost efficiencies. Formula One remains one of the biggest sporting
spectacles in terms of annual television audiences and media exposure. Renault therefore believes
that the impact of Formula One in terms of image, and brand awareness worldwide, particularly in
new, emerging markets, will continue to play a key role in fulfilling the company’s growth objectives
in years ahead.

Bernard Rey, Renault F1 Team President, said: “I am delighted to welcome Genii Capital as our
new strategic partner as I am sure that their enthusiasm and business expertise will create a new
dynamic for the team, the staff, and our partners. Altogether, we look forward to competing again at
the highest level in Formula One. Today’s announcement also confirms Renault’s commitment and
trust in the sport’s governing bodies to improve the green credentials of Formula One.”
Indeed, in making such a decision, Renault not only demonstrates its commitment to its fans across
the world, its employees in Enstone and in Viry, and the FIA, FOA and FOTA but it also believes in
the positive impact of promoting relevant technologies in synergy with its product plan. “With the
ongoing evolutions of the Formula One regulations, Renault will be able to entertain its fans, while
promoting a leaner and sounder Championship. We will show Renault’s skill when it comes to
developing high-performance, fuel-efficient cars” said Bernard Rey, Renault F1 Team President.
The important cost reduction measures, made possible by the collective work within FOTA, have
already improved significantly the operating cost base. With the anticipated sale of a stake in its F1
operational base in the United Kingdom to Genii Capital, Renault achieves today another step that
will definitely bring F1 participation to an affordable level for the Group. In addition, the new
partnership will contribute to procuring the team the resources to compete sustainably at the
highest level, and creates a great opportunity to modernise its governance.

Renault Group: Frédérique Le Grevès