Sauber laments 'unacceptable' performance in Austria

Sauber laments 'unacceptable' performance in Austria

22 June 2014 – Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn says her team's performance at the Austrian Grand Prix was "not acceptable" after a series of errors compounded its race.

Esteban Gutiérrez's right rear wheel was not properly attached following his first pit-stop but in telling the Mexican to stop the car, the message was actually delivered to Adrian Sutil.

Sutil adhered to Sauber's message before the problem was realised, costing the German driver almost 10 seconds. He went on to finish 13th, with Gutiérrez 19th.

"Our work today is not acceptable," she said. "Such a mistake at a pit-stop must simply not happen. We will carefully look into our procedures and the consequences, and we will take appropriate measures.

"Today, both drivers put in good performances, but this doesn't help when we make mistakes. We cannot afford that."

Sutil believed that his race was running fairly well until the radio mix-up.

"From a driving perspective, it was a good race," he said. "I had a good start and was able to gain two positions on the first lap. Up to lap 15, after my first pit stop, everything went according to our plan. Suddenly, I got the instruction through the radio to stop the car immediately.

"However, the radio communication was not for me, but for Esteban. After telling me this I immediately continued in the race, but I had already lost quite a lot of time due to this incident."

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