F1 »

Sauber keen to forget Bahrain showing

Sauber pairing Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi seek to put the memory of Bahrain firmly in the past in Melbourne
Sauber duo Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi insist that the team's F1 season will start in Australia after the disappointment suffered in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The pair failed to finish at Sakhir after running into separate hydraulic issues, although the pace of the C29 to that point proved to be something of a disappointment as neither driver was able to repeat the impressive performance shown during pre-season testing.

Spaniard de la Rosa will be competing in Australia for the first time since 2002 and the former McLaren tester insisted that the team had to forget Bahrain and focus on the weekend ahead.

“I'm very much looking forward to this Grand Prix,” he said. “I really want out performance in Bahrain to be forgotten. My last race in Australia was in 2002, although in 2005, I drove the Friday practice. This means I will have some memories of the circuit but it will be like learning a new one for me.

“I believe we will be more competitive in Melbourne. Reliability was never an issue in testing and it was very unlucky that we retired both cars in Bahrain and with two different reasons as well.”

Team-mate Kobayashi – who has spent time in the Toyota simulator ahead of the weekend to try and help learn the Albert Park circuit – agreed that the team 'has to be' more competitive than in Bahrain, while technical director Willy Rampf insisted that the team has a lot of work to do in Melbourne after the difficult start to the campaign.

"After our disappointing performance in Bahrain we have to make up for a lot in Australia,” he said. “We have analysed the data and drawn conclusions accordingly. I expect us to be significantly more competitive in Melbourne. The failures were caused by hydraulic leaks in both cases, but for different reasons. For both problems we will have solutions ready for the race.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) BMW Sauber Ferrari C29
Kamui Kobayashi (J) BMW Sauber Ferrari C29
Kamui Kobayashi (J) BMW Sauber Ferrari C29
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 leads Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05, Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05 and Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.