Malaysian GP: Sauber targets to finish both cars in the points at Sepang
By Berthold Bouman
After a dismal performance during the Australian Grand Prix, Nico Hulkenberg couldn’t even start the race due to a fuel-system issue, the Swiss Sauber team is now looking forward to the next race at the Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering: Target to finish both cars in the points
“The circuit is technically challenging as there are also two long straights that require an efficient car and also several low-speed corners,” said Tom McCullough, Sauber’s Head of Track Engineering.
“The circuit’s characteristics and typically high temperatures are also a real challenge for the tyres, which is why Pirelli will bring the medium and hard compounds. The weather can also play a significant part during the race weekend as late afternoon rain showers are common.”
Asked about Sauber’s target he said, “Our target for the race is to finish with both cars in the points.”
Hulkenberg hoping for better result at Sepang – Photo: Sauber Motorsport
Nico Hulkenberg: Malaysia totally different track
“Compared to Melbourne, the track in Malaysia has different characteristics. It’s a fast track with long high-speed corners, which should suit our car well,” said Nico Hulkenberg, who still hasn’t driven a Grand Prix for Sauber, as he couldn’t start the race in Melbourne.
He’s of course hoping for improvement, but the Sepang track is very demanding due to the high temperatures in Malaysia this time of the year, “For the drivers Malaysia is always a challenge because of the high temperatures and the humidity. Lastly there is always a chance of rain, which can be interesting, especially at the start of the race.”
Esteban Gutierrez: Looking to improve performance
Mexican Esteban Gutierrez finished his first Formula One race ever in 13th place, and he is aiming to improve his performance. “With the experience of an entire race here in Melbourne, I can now look at where I can improve as a driver and where we can improve as a team. Sepang is a good track, which I know from GP2. Now I’m looking forward to driving the track in a Formula One car,” the youngster said.
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