SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, August 23rd, 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Esteban Gutierrez says Sauber’s technical issues are unacceptable.
Gutierrez qualified 20th for the Belgian Grand Prix after limited running over the weekend due to technical issues.
“The problem is the problems we were having, these issues, consistently and we need to make sure that these technical issues are solved,” Gutierrez said.
“Because it’s really limiting us a lot on the track, track time and that obviously limits us to extract the most from the car.
“It’s quite frustrating to not be able to race or to run and to develop the car further. So far I’ve done only 10 pushing laps this weekend, so it’s not really enough.”
“It’s an unacceptable situation I have to say.”
“It’s all related to the power unit,” Gutierrez said when asked what was causing the issues.
When asked by F1Plus, the Mexican said the issues were having a large impact on them as a team as they are missing chances to score points.
“It’s having a huge impact on us,” he said. “In Budapest we were in the position to score the points and due to a technical issue we didn’t, so that’s a big loss.
“Here we had a good chance as well in the wet, to be close to the top ten and again we missed it.
“So it’s not only in the sessions itself but also in the whole performance-wise we’re not able extract the maximum,”
He warned that the team, including himself, needed to keep focus and put pressure on areas where they needed to improve.
“We cannot lose our hope, we cannot stand back, we need to keep the focus, especially myself as a driver I need to keep the focus,
“put pressure on the side that we definitely need to improve. The rest, you know we have to make sure that as a team we put it together.”
Sauber are currently 10th place in the constructors' title, behind Marussia who have two points.