The Swiss team scored just seven points in the first 11 races. However, their season transformed in the second half of the year to score 50 points in the remaining races, including their first double-points finish of the year in Japan, to finish seventh in the constructors’ standings.
Head of trackside engineering Tom McCullough, who is rumoured to be leaving the team for 2014, said the improvement in performance didn’t hinder their preparations for next year. He told AUTOSPORT: “To be honest, we haven’t changed a lot on the car [late in the season]. We had one big update package.
“We started the work on the 2014 car, CFD and aero work, a long time ago. Yes, we had to do a little bit more on the 2013 car than we wanted to but there has been a team working very hard on that and a lot of the lessons we have learned with sorting out this car will apply to next year’s car as well.
“From the resources we are playing with, we have been lucky not to have to put too much focus on this year’s car.”
Discussing how they turned their season around, he added: “We still look at ourselves and think we didn’t do a good enough job at the beginning of the year, that’s clear,” he said. But we understood what the main problems were and focused our resource to improve those and we saw those gains coming.
“A lot of stuff was very right but there were a few small things that weren’t. The track engineers and drivers just iterated away, understanding and improving, and we ended up getting a car into Q3 since Monza and had a car that deserved to score points every race.”
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