Sauber are heading to the Hungarian Grand Prix in confident mood after testing their latest upgrades at Silverstone.
“After a productive Silverstone test evaluating our updated package and the latest specification tires, we feel well prepared for this race,” said head of track engineering Tom McCullough.
Robin Frijns and Kimiya Sato spent two-and-a-half days running in the C32 while race driver Nico Hulkenberg had a half-day to work on Pirelli’s new tires.
“Our aim is to again qualify stronger and convert this into points scoring finishes,” added McCullough. Sauber have finished in the points in the last two races following a troubled start to the season with their latest car.
At the Nurburgring Sauber got one of their cars into Q3 for the first time since the Chinese Grand Prix. That prompted speculation that the switch to Kevlar-belted tires helped Sauber while compromising some of their rivals, such as Force India.
Sauber has not scored at the Hungaroring since becoming an independent team again in 2010.
Hulkenberg says precision is key to a quick lap on the tight Hungarian track: “The circuit is technically challenging and leaves little room for mistakes.”
“The second sector has several combinations that all flow on from each other. If you get off the racing line there, the whole sector is ruined. You have to be spot on.”