Kaltenborn: Hard tyres didn't work for us
8 July 2014 – Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn has blamed the inability to get the Hard tyres to work for its failure to score points in the British Grand Prix. It means the Swiss squad has still to open its 2014 points account.
Adrian Sutil ran competitively in the first half of the race but faded after switching to the Prime compound and in the end finished 13th.
Esteban Gutiérrez also had a difficult afternoon and failed to finish as a result of a collision with Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado. The Mexican was later judged to be at fault and was handed a three-place grid penalty for the German Grand Prix, adding to the team's woe.
"In the race it was obvious what our problem was. We were not able to make the Hard tyres work properly," Kaltenborn confirmed.
"In the first part of the race though our lap times were competitive. We will now have two days of testing in Silverstone this week, and we will work on further improving the competitiveness of the C33."
Giampaolo Dall'Ara, Sauber's Head of Track Engineering, added: "After the restart we lost time behind a slower car before we were able to overtake. From this moment on the performance was quite good, and it looked as if we were able to match the performance of some of our competitors.
"But then we lost Esteban's car due to an incident. With Adrian we changed to the hard compound. From this moment on we lost competitiveness, because we were not able to make theses tyres work, which had an immediate influence on our performance and cost us a couple of positions.
"Overall, we were not fast enough to make it into the points."