Sauber remain optimistic that they can still turn around their difficult season despite a pointless weekend in Hungary.
With Nico Hulkenberg finishing just shy of the points in 11th and Esteban Gutierrez suffering from a gearbox problem that put him out of the race it was a less than perfect Grand Prix for the Swiss team, yet they remain confident that a turnaround is still possible during the second half of the season after finally unlocking some performance from the troublesome C32 in recent races.
Esteban Gutierrez, who is still searching for his first points in Formula One was left disappointed after suffering his second mechanical failure of the weekend, but remains positive that once these reliability issues can be overcome that the performance in the car is certainly there.
“It was a pity what happened”, said the Mexican. We were on a good strategy and everything was running as planned. Unfortunately, we had to retire due to a gearbox problem. This is not really the best way to finish a race, but we did everything we could during the weekend. We had an engine problem yesterday and now the gearbox during the race, so this is something we have to look at to avoid it happening again.
“It is frustrating, but we need to stay positive and look forward to the next events, because we can see our performance has improved. The car felt very good up until that point, and I want to thank the team for all the effort it put in. Now we have to solve the issues we had in order to have trouble-free weekends.”
Nico Hulkenberg, whose future with Sauber still remains in doubt despite reports of a Russian financial injection into the Hinwil based team, explained that it was his own mistake that led to a drive through penalty being awarded to him for exceeding the new pitlane speed limit. This left the German frustrated as he had been positive that at the very least one point was available before spoling his race.
“The race was all right up until the second pitstop, said the 25-year-old. “I had trouble shifting from first to second gear. There is only a certain window where you are able to do that, otherwise it won’t shift. That didn’t work, it got hectic and somehow I must have released the button too early. Without the drive through penalty we could have clinched one point. Overall, our pace was OK, but not good enough to get into the points easily.”
Sauber remain 8th in the Constructors Championship on 7 points, 6 points ahead of Williams, who scored their first point of the season in Hungary.
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