Monisha Kaltenborn admitted the results seen at the Belgian Grand Prix were not what the Sauber F1 Team were hoping for as Felipe Nasr finished seventeenth and Marcus Ericsson retired.
The Sauber team principal admitted that the upgrades introduced to the C35 improved the car somewhat, but both drivers were compromised by situations out of their control, with a gearbox issue ending Ericsson’s race and debris damaging Nasr’s car.
Kaltenborn did praise Nasr for his ability to conserve his tyres in the hot temperatures at Spa-Francorchamps, even though the result was not what anyone wanted within the team.
“A disappointing result, after we could see in the practice sessions that the aerodynamic characteristics of the car had generally improved,” said Kaltenborn. “This weekend was compromised by several incidents with the power unit.
“Also the race was influenced by factors which did not lie in our hands – the gearbox issues on Marcus’ car, as well as the debris which caused a puncture and damages to Felipe’s car.
“Nevertheless, Felipe put in a good performance driving-wise as well as with regards to the tyre management.”