Sauber’s Monisha Kaltenborn: “There are no excuses not to be good next year”


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Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn believes there is no excuses for the team in 2017, especially with new investors on-board.

Sauber have endured a difficult 2016 campaign, failing to score a single point so far, but Kaltenborn believes that the team will improve now they have the financial involvement of Longbow Finance S.A.

Speaking to Autosport, Kaltenborn says “Our focus is to get back to business as normal.

“We need to focus not just on how to survive the next day but to think longer term and get the most out of the car.  I’m convinced you can still get things out of this year’s car but then focus on next year’s car. “There are no excuses not to be good next year.

“We’re not saying we want to be right on top next year, but we know what we can do.  We have the infrastructure for it and we have the people so why should we not have that ambition?”

Sauber will begin to restructure after the departure of former Technical director Mark Smith.

“We would like a technical director back and the people want that as well but it’s not easy to find the right person,” she said.  “It has hurt because you do not get the highest efficiency out of a group but if this is the way we had to work, there’s no point in saying it would be better not like this,” she said.

“We have had to make the most of it but yes, bringing in a technical director would make it more efficient.”

With 2017 bringing a huge change in the regulations, Sauber will feel they can improve after a disastrous run in the new hybrid era.