Sauber technical director James Key expects the C30 to perform well at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in next week’s Belgian Grand Prix.
Key said: “The track is primarily high speed with long straights and well known corners. This should suit our car reasonably well.
“To date it will be the lowest downforce level the teams have run, but a lot will depend on the weather conditions, because they are very unpredictable. As always in Spa, we have to monitor the weather closely over the weekend.”
He added the car will have a “Spa specific” rear wing and a revised front wing for the race.
Kamui Kobayashi added he thinks Spa will “suit our car well, because it has a similar average speed to Silverstone.”
Kobayashi failed to score in Hungary, slipping out of the top ten late in the race after a tyre strategy gamble failed to pay off.
He is wary of more tricky conditions at Spa: “The weather is always very unpredictable, as it was in Silverstone, at the Nurburgring and in Budapest, so this could be another very tricky race. Sometimes you are in a situation where you have to decide for which conditions you set up the car before you are sure what the weather will be like.
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