Sauber team principal, Monisha Kaltenborn is preparing for a “special moment” when the Swiss team rolls out their 2014 challenger in Jerez for the first pre-season test.
After what seems like a short winter break, all the teams are working flat out to prepare their cars for a long and grueling season. The regulation changes means that no team knows where they stack up in the competitive order. But that excites Kaltenborn.
“That is always a very special moment,” says Kaltenborn of the imminent Jerez roll-out, “because first of all we’ll see if everything really fits together and if the car is running well. It also tells us if we have been working in the right direction for the last nine months.”
The Switzerland-based outfit will be hoping that direction is forwards following a tough 2013 season, when the team’s competitiveness only emerged midway through the season. Even so, indications of competitiveness will only emerge “at the earliest, after the winter tests”.
Sauber’s driver line-up leaves Kaltenborn optimistic, as veteran Adrian Sutil joins the lineup alongside sophomore driver, Esteban Gutierrez.
The main challenge for the drivers in 2014, says Kaltenborn, will be getting used to the new cars. But she remains optimistic that can be accomplished
“This year we have a very exciting driver line-up. On the one hand we have Adrian, a very experienced racing driver, and I’m happy that we finally had the opportunity to work together. On the other hand we have Esteban, a young talented driver who we have known for many years, and has also been a member of the team.
“This is very valuable considering the big changes that are coming this season.”
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