Sauber’s Monisha Kaltenborn: “If the pace is not there, no strategy can help”

by Rachel Hack

Sauber F1 Team Boss Monisha Kaltenborn felt the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix weekend was a disappointing one for the Swiss squad, who saw both drivers retire from the race before its completion.

Tyres were a big problem for the Hinwil based squad from the practice sessions onwards, who were unable to get the rubber working in the optimal performance window all weekend, and that hampered their potential during qualifying and the race.

“A very disappointing weekend.

“Since the practice sessions we had difficulties getting the tyres to work and were not able to technically resolve the issues. If the pace is not there, no strategy can help.”

There was a scary shunt for driver Pascal Wehrlein, which saw his C36 tip onto its side and against the barrier at Portier, following an opportunistic move from returning McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team driver Jenson Button.

There were a few worrying moments before it was confirmed the German was fine, but in light of the neck and back injuries he sustained prior to the start of the season, only time will tell if he has caused himself further damage, and medical checks are a likely requirement prior to the next race.

Team-mate Marcus Ericsson fell victim to cold tyres at the re-start of the race following a safety car period, and found himself in the barrier at Turn 1, when attempting to overtake the safety car to take his correct position on track.

It was an unfortunate end for the Swede, though it was unlikely he would have been in contention for points had he remained in the race.

“Nevertheless, we are glad that nothing serious happened to Pascal. For Marcus it is also a pity that he was not able to finish the race.”

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