Sauber: No points in Monaco 'regrettable'
27 May 2014 – Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn has said it was very 'regrettable' the squad didn't make the most of 'good opportunities' to score in Monaco last weekend.
The Swiss outfit was looking good to take its first points of the season with Esteban Gutiérrez running in the top-ten until late on, when the Mexican touched the barriers on the entry to Rascasse and was forced out. Gutiérrez later said it was probably the 'most painful error of his career'.
Team-mate Adrian Sutil also crashed, but on lap 24, when he lost control coming out of the tunnel.
"We definitely had the chance to score points, but we are leaving Monaco empty handed," Kaltenborn lamented. "Adrian and Esteban were setting good lap times and were able to keep up with competition. This shows that the car was absolutely competitive today, and is important for the whole team to know. [But] of course, it's very regrettable to miss such good opportunities [to score]."
Sauber's Head of Track Engineering Giampaolo Dall'Ara agreed the event was a 'big disappointment': "We were in a position to play a role in this race, but then the incidents happened, and we are left without points," he continued.
"Adrian damaged his front wing on lap one as a result of the Sergio Perez crash. We then changed his strategy, which worked well. Rather than doing a long stint on the soft tyres, we put him on the super soft. But then he lost the car under braking.
"Esteban had an issue with his starting position, but, apart from that, everything went according to plan before he hit the barrier and had to stop.
"We had the chance to score points, so the end was really disappointing."
"The positive thing, however, was that we were competitive. That's what we have to build on [heading to Canada]," he summed-up.