The set up difference between Sauber drivers was maintained for Malaysia but this time Kobayashi reverted to a revised wing, similar to the one raced by Perez but having a more intense gurney tab . The revised wing ensured better top speed at long stretches of Sepang circuit than the Australian wing .
In Australia Sauber drivers preferred to race with different car set up and different wing specs . Kobayashi raced with the higher downforce launch front wing spec and the additional beam mini plane that guarantee a more stable car especially when braking late , something suitable to Kobayashi’s driving style and his appeal of overtaking . On the contrary Perez raced with the lower downforce front wing , that was first seen at Jerez on February, having also the beam mini plane removed , a configuration more appropriate to his “velvet” driving style which is to prioritize conservation of tires in good condition . The later is reflected on Perez different pit stop strategy to Kobayashi .
Pit stop strategy
|Sergio Perez||Medium -Lap24 ,||Soft –Lap 34|
|Kamui Kobayashi||Soft –Lap 13 ,||Soft –Lap 23 ,||Medium –Lap 22|
Lastly Australian rainy weather was not enough and Sauber run both cars having the large engine cover funnel .
By the time C31 made its track debut at Jerez two front wing specs were evaluated till now . Initially C31 at its studio images had a wing with a larger and a more boxy second flap with a gurney tab . At Jerez and Barcelona test on February Sauber tried a modified wing with a new second flap of smaller profile without the gurney tab. Finally the launch spec was evaluated for the first time at second Barcelona test on March and it is the wing that Sauber decided to bring at the opening race of the 2012 season at Australia.
The launch spec which provides higher downforce , will help the team to ensure a better grip level on dusty and slippery pavement of Melbourne’s city roads . Nonetheless most of teams work hard to revise their front wings before Melbourne .