Hülkenberg pushing for car upgrades
22 April 2013 – Sauber's Nico Hülkenberg says the C32 chassis is in need of significant upgrades following the Bahrain Grand Prix, with the German unable to record a points finish at the end of what was an extremely challenging weekend for the Hinwil-based outfit.
After finishing 12th and almost half a minute behind the final top ten spot last Sunday, the former Williams and Force India driver called for a quick response from his team.
"It was a difficult and frustrating weekend," said Hülkenberg. "It was clear from the beginning that we were not fast enough and that it would be challenging. We are lacking speed and eat up the rear tyres too much so it simply wasn’t enough.
"We pitted a bit too late, as we expected to have more problems on low fuel, which in the end we didn’t have. That cost us at least one position. This weekend clearly showed we need to bring some new parts to Barcelona in order to improve our speed and fight for points."
Gutiérrez, who ultimately finished 18th after losing his front wing in an opening lap clash with the Caterham of Giedo van der Garde, echoed his team-mate's thoughts:
"I expected a difficult race and this is what I got," explained the Mexican. "We need to find more speed. On the first lap I had contact down into Turn 10, which was really hard to avoid. Apart from that, things were quite OK, but, of course, finishing a race like this is definitely not enough and we need to improve. We have to analyse the strategy and hopefully we will bring some good updates to Barcelona."
Sauber occupies eighth in the Constructors' standings after the opening four flyaway races, ahead of the non-scoring Williams, Marussia and Caterham outfits.