The good news for Sauber’s Adrian Sutil in the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix? He finished, which was something he couldn’t say in four of the five previous Grands Prix.
The bad news? It was in 13th, as the only car to see the checkered flag who failed to score.
“It was a long race with many incidents,” he said. “We were able to keep out of all the trouble from start to finish. Hence, it was a good team performance, which I am very pleased of. I am also satisfied with my own performance. However, all this only led to a 13th position, which we have to accept at this point in time. At least we gave everything today.”
Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said although the tire wear for the C33 chassis was fine, there was still the ultimate pace lacking over the course of the long run.
“No doubt, this was a difficult race,” she said. “The team worked well delivering good pit stops, and we were able to execute the strategy as planned. The tire wear was as expected, so there was nothing wrong on this side. However, we have to analyse the data very carefully to understand why the lap times were slower than we could expect based on the long runs on Friday. We will concentrate on working on the set-up of the car, because there is more potential to be exploited.”
Sauber, along with Caterham, have yet to score a point this year.