Kaltenborn: No targets until after testing
26 January 2014 – Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn says she will not be setting any targets for the 2014 Formula 1 campaign until the end of pre-season testing, given the magnitude of the technical changes facing the grid.
This year, teams and drivers will have to get to grips with 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 power units plus a host of aerodynamic and chassis changes over 12 test days – four taking place at Jerez and eight in Bahrain.
Looking ahead to the new term after the launch of the team's new C33, Kaltenborn commented: "Due to the radical changes in the technical regulations, predictions are simply impossible to make at this stage.
"Even more so than in previous years, any impression of how the teams stand against each other will only emerge once winter testing has been completed. That is also when we will announce our goals for the season.
"One thing's for sure: reliability will be of the essence, especially at the beginning of the season."
Kaltenborn added, however, that she has drawn confidence from the lessons learned throughout 2013.
"We have put a very challenging year behind us," Kaltenborn went on to explain. "The first half of 2013 in particular was difficult for us, but the second half saw us making significant strides.
"We learnt a great deal during this time and will be applying the lessons in the new season."
Also on Sunday:
- Sauber reveals new C33 Formula 1 car
- Sutil: 2014 the best time to switch teams
- Gutiérrez: I want to be Sauber team leader