March 30th, 2014 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Sauber's 2014 woes continued with a double retirement in Malaysia. Adrian Sutil's car stopped on track when he lost electric power, and Esteban Gutierrez retired when he found himself unable to select a gear at his second pitstop.
Sauber have yet to score a point after two races this season. In Australia, both cars finished but neither driver was in the points. In Malaysia neither car made it to the finish. The team is still trying to extract pace from the car in order to achieve the results they would like.
The two Sauber drivers retired within three laps of each other. Sutil was first to have his race shortened by unreliability. He described his afternoon:
"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."
Despite his unexpected retirement, Sutil is looking forward to better results as the team improves the car. He said, "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.”
Three laps after Sutil's retirement, Gutierrez came in for his second pit stop. It proved to be the end of his race as well. He explained: “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.
Despite his retirement, Gutierrez commented that Sauber have improved through the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend. He too is looking forward to improved results later in the season. Gutierrez said, "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.”