Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn says she is “absolutely confident” that the Swiss outfit can bounce back from a tough first part of the 2014 season and make progress.
The team is currently staring at the possibility of failing to score a point in a season for the first time in its history. Sauber’s best result so far has been 11th place for Adrian Sutil in Australia and Hungary.
With eight races to go, Kaltenborn is optimistic that the team can recover and score points before the season comes to an end. “I am absolutely confident that we will move back up again,” she told the official Formula 1 website.
“It will take a bit of time. We are moving in the right direction – and, of course, I hope that things change in this season – so I take it event by event.
“We had our chances in the last few events but haven’t made use of them. We have to make sure in the race that we don’t make mistakes when these opportunities come up.”
Kaltenborn said that, in terms of performance, there has been “nothing positive” so far in 2014 and explaining the current issues at Sauber, she added: “We are looking at different areas that we need to improve – on the aerodynamic side of the car, we can do more on the set-up, and bring new bits and pieces to every race.
“As a team we have to avoid the mistakes that we’ve been making. On the powertrain side our possibilities are limited, but I am sure that something has already happened there.
“And, of course, with a team like ours it’s always a question of funding – looking at the possibilities that we have, the infrastructure that we have and the abilities that we have. If you have sufficient funding you can immediately put this into development, and with us that always then shows in performance. These are the issues that we are working on.”
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