HUNGARORING, 26th July 2014 (F1Plus / Katie Grimmett) - For the first time in their history, Sauber F1 have reached the mid way point of the season without securing a top ten finish.
As a result, they sit behind an ever-improving Marussia in the championship standings.
However, qualifying at the Hungaroring seemed to suggest that the team are heading in the right direction as Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez qualified 12th and 14th respectively.
“It feels very good to have a good qualifying after such difficult times”, the relieved German said. “It’s also good to add motivation for the whole team”.
Both of Sauber F1’s driver pairing have retired four times this year, putting into question the car’s reliability at this stage.
Despite this, the German remained adamant that they would continue to improve race on race.
“We have improved the car a lot, we’ve made it lighter but we are still not up there, that’s why we bring upgrades”, he continued.
“It’s not the best but I still feel good”.
As Sutil and Gutierrez both qualified just outside the top ten, the team’s latest signing admits that their pace is improving and that points are a possibility, should the weather conditions remain unpredictable.
“We are pushing each other to the limit for the qualifying, we didn’t make mistakes. We did our job and got the result”.
“As always, the race is more important”.
Sutil continued his optimism towards the end of the press session, noting that the season is far from over as they look to bring more and more updates to the Sauber C33 in the coming weeks and months.
“I really hope so”, he said when asked whether he expects these improvements to follow the summer break.
“It looks like some are losing a bit. Last year, at the end of the season, they were very good in this team so hopefully it works out”.