Double DNF Caps Disappointing Weekend For Sauber

Sauber are still waiting for their first points of 2014 after both cars failed to finish the Malaysia Grand Prix at Sepang on Sunday. The race didn’t promise much for Adrian Sutil starting on the ninth row and a loss of power halted it midway through but the German admitted his C33 lacked pace even when it was running healthily.

“In my last lap I lost power and then suddenly the car switched off. I don’t know what happened, so we need to analyse it. It is a shame. Many things don’t work well at the moment, so we need to learn from that. In general, our pace was too slow and the grip level was poor. This was unusual for us and we didn’t expect that. We will keep working on the issues we have and we will be back stronger for the next races. We don’t have much time until Bahrain, so we don’t expect to have many updates there. However, for the upcoming races we have a plan which we are working on in order to improve.”

Teammate Esteban Gutierrez hit problems at his first pit stop which proved terminal but the Mexican is still retaining a positive outlook for the upcoming races.

“After quite a long stint, I made a pitstop and couldn’t engage first gear. I tried it many times, but it didn’t work, so there was not much I could do. In the end we made a step forward this weekend. Obviously it was not a good race, but we have to keep positive. We must solve our issues so we are consistent and reliable at the track and have no technical problems. We still have a long season ahead and I am confident we can improve.”