Vasseur: No need to 'transform' Sauber
10 August 2017 – Newly-installed Sauber Team Principal Frédéric Vasseur says there is no need to "transform" the Swiss backmarker, in its bids to climb up the Formula 1 pecking order.
Sauber has endured a troubled few years off-track, amid financial difficulties, though its predicament was eased by Longbow Finance's takeover mid-2016.
On-track, Sauber has only occasionally battled among the midfield group, placing 10th in 2014 and 2016, a position it holds again in 2017, this time at the foot of the standings.
Vasseur arrived at Hinwil after the British Grand Prix, a month on from the exit of Monisha Kaltenborn, but does not feel that Sauber needs to undergo a revolution in order to make gains.
"I don't have to transform the team, to be honest," said Vasseur.
"I think that you have to put everything in perspective, the team last year was in a quite tough situation on the financial side.
"The restructuring went well, for sure we have to improve, but the team has a structure with very good engineers, very good technicians.
"We have to work, we have to invest, we have to do a lot of things, but everyone is pushing in the same direction, we have to do it step-by-step and we'll see.
"We have to target the midfield group, I don't know if it will take months or more, but we have to do it."
Vasseur also has business interests in Spark Racing Technology – a leading Formula E supplier – and the ART Grand Prix team, which competes in junior series, most prominently Formula 2.
He stressed, though, that he is "fully committed" to Sauber, despite retaining shares in his other activities.
"I don't have to divide my time, even if I kept some shares in my old business," he said.
"I'm not involved at all in the management or day-by-day and I'm fully committed to the Sauber project – it was already like this last year [at Renault]."