Sauber poised for another strong performance
4 September 2012 – Sauber came away from Spa highly disappointed, as grid slots second and fourth translated to nothing after the chaos of La Source. The Swiss team now moves on to Italy, where another predominantly fast circuit should again play to strengths of the C31.
As highlighted by team CEO Monisha Kaltenborn, the Hinwil-based squad can be capable of podium results should it avoid mistakes and qualify well on Saturday.
“In Monza we shall have very low downforce and high speed, so it will be very important to have mechanical grip as well,” explains Kamui Kobayashi. “There will be a lot of kerb riding and this means good mechanical grip compensating the downforce level will be key. My early racing career started in Italy and Monza is one of my favourite circuits.”
“The circuit is obviously a true high-speed track and I have a lot of faith in our low downforce package,” Sergio Pérez chips in. “Also, when I look at our performance at Spa which is also a fast track, the C31 should be strong at the Italian Grand Prix.”
Sauber remains sixth in the Constructors’ Championship and behind Mercedes. Behind, after Force India scored 13 points in Belgium, the outfit originally known as Jordan has jumped up to seventh and trails by the reduced margin of 21 points.