Sauber needs to score points at German Grand Prix
By Berthold Bouman
Sauber has failed to score points at several occasions, according to Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn. “We have failed to score points this season several times and for a variety of reasons. In hindsight it doesn’t help to pine for those points, as now we have to move forward,” she said ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
Kaltenborn is convinced more points are possible, “The Sauber C31 has proved to be quick on all types of circuits. Plus we’ve got two strong drivers — Sergio has been on the podium twice this year, and Kamui has been able to shine with a fourth in qualifying and a fifth in a race. Both have a fastest race lap to their names.”
And she confidently added, “We have everything it takes to wind up the first half of the season in a positive way, and that’s our aim for Hockenheim.”
Driver Kamui Kobayashi isn’t sure whether the updates they had in Silverstone were effective, because the team couldn’t test them properly in the rain. “Maybe we need to do some more fine-tuning on these, so it will be interesting to see how this happens in Hockenheim. I think our car performs well on all the circuits — high speed or slow speed ones — so I am not worried about our performance there. We shall just focus on trying to get our best result there,” he commented.
Sergio Perez has scored two podium places, he was second in Malaysia and third in Canada, but he thinks he needs to improve on qualifying. “For us it remains important to do better in qualifying, so our Saturday performance is what we have to focus on first. Our car is quick and if we could just get everything right this time we have good chances for a nice race result,“ said the Mexican driver.
Perez likes the Hockenheim circuit, “In Hockenheim I especially like the stadium part that is, driving wise, challenging and has a great atmosphere. Also for me personally it is nice to go back to Germany after I lived there for two years in the early stages of my career.”
Head of Track Engineering Giampaolo Dall’Ara describes the challenges of the circuit, “The Hockenheim track is a mix of everything, although high speed corners don’t have the same influence on the lap time as they do in Silverstone. Overall its requirements are closer to those of Valencia. Braking stability and traction are important, but you also need some straight line speed, particularly on the long straight where overtaking should be possible.”
Sauber is currently sixth in the Constructors’ Championship, 13 points ahead of Williams and 16 points ahead of Force India, so they indeed have to score points to stay ahead of their main rivals. With 39 points Perez is currently ninth in the Drivers’ Championship, and Kobayashi is 14th with 21 points.