Kaltenborn: Sauber not happy with performance
28 March 2014 – Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn says that she is optimistic about her squad's chances this year but remains unhappy about the Swiss outfit's performance so far in 2014.
Both Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutiérrez finished the Australian Grand Prix but they did so outside of the points in 11th and 12th. In practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, the Sauber duo again finished the session outside of the top 10.
Sutil explained that his Sauber felt difficult to control, while Gutiérrez was pleased with the progress made under braking. Kaltenborn believes the team has identified their weak points and is now capable of eliminating them.
"[We're] in an optimistic mood because when you look at last season, were we ended, we could see that we did bring a certain change into our performance and it wasn’t looking that bad," she said.
"Of course we know that this year is very new, particularly with the rule changes, and we are confident that in many areas, particularly reliability, we are pretty much where we want to be. We are not happy with the overall performance, but we have identified the areas and step by step we are moving ahead and implementing the measures."
Kaltenborn added that the long run pace of the Sauber C33 requires work.
"It was pretty alright," she said of Sauber's performance during practice at Sepang. "I think the engineers got through their programme. Again, we’re not quite happy with the long run and we need to do a bit of work on that. We know that we can’t do miracles and take a huge step compared to where we want to be and where we are but step by step I think we’ll get there."