Sauber anticipating challenging Spa weekend
18 August 2014 – Sauber duo Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian Sutil are expecting this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix to be a challenge for the Swiss team as they bid for their first points of the season.
Neither Gutiérrez not Sutil has managed to finish a race inside of the top 10 so far in 2014, with both drivers held back by the limitations of the Sauber C33.
With the circuit at Spa-Francorchamps unlikely to suit the Ferrari-powered C33, the pair are expecting a difficult time.
"In comparison to other circuits, the track is quite long with some interesting corners and long straights," said Gutiérrez, who will be replaced for the first practice session by Giedo van der Garde.
"It is one of those tracks which is like an adventure, it goes up and downhill. As the straights are quite long, engine power is crucial, which could be a challenge for us. The weather also plays a huge role at Spa-Francorchamps, as the mixed conditions can add excitement to the race weekend."
Sutil believes that the legendary Eau Rouge corner will be a greater challenge in 2014.
"With the new cars we will have more top speed and less grip, so it will be interesting to see how it will be to drive under these conditions," said the German, who matched his best result of the year with 11th in Hungary. "Eau Rouge is one of my favourite corners, and this year it will be difficult to go flat out due to less downforce."