Sauber optimistic over 2013 contender
2 February 2013 – Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn is confident that Sauber is in a strong position to build on its success of 2012, during which the Swiss team secured four podium finishes and moved up a place in the Constructors' standings to finish sixth.
Having nearly tripled its points haul from 2011 to 2012, Kaltenborn has now set her sights on further progress with new drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez.
"2012 was a very successful year for us," said Kaltenborn. "We not only moved up from seventh to sixth place in the Constructors' standings, but also improved our points total from 44 in 2011 to 126 last season. We have a strong platform in place now, on which we are aiming to build and continue our upward curve."
Despite the risk of an all-new driver line-up, Kaltenborn is confident that both Hülkenberg and Gutiérrez will be able to achieve the desired results in 2013.
"We have had our eye on Nico Hülkenberg for some time and have been impressed by his performances," Kaltenborn added. "He is very quick, but, most importantly, he's also very efficient. He understands how to pick up as many points as possible from a particular race situation.
"Esteban Gutiérrez is a driver we know very well as a result of a relationship with the team going back several years, and he has already had a number of opportunities to test with our car. Plus, he has always stayed in close contact with our engineers, which has allowed him to learn a lot about Formula 1. I'm in no doubt he is now ready to take the final step and put his outstanding talent on display."
Hülkenberg will kick off Sauber's testing programme at the Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain next Tuesday, getting behind the wheel of the C32 for two full days before team-mate Gutiérrez marks the beginning of his fully-fledged Formula 1 career.