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Sauber: Anything could happen

Peter Sauber suggests that his team could fight for victory in a topsy-turvey F1 season so far
Peter Sauber has suggested that anything could be possible for his team during the remainder of the F1 season on the back of Sergio Perez's second podium finish of the year in Canada.

The Mexican stormed through from 15th on the grid to take third place after an impressive drive in Montreal, marking his second rostrum of the campaign after his run to second in Malaysia earlier in the season.

Speaking in an interview released by the team, Sauber said that the result in Canada was an indication of the potential of the C31 and said he felt more strong results could follow as the season goes on.

“Basically we knew the Sauber C31 was far better than the results of the last few GPs might have suggested,” he replied when asked if the Canadian result had been a surprise. “Our performance in Barcelona and Monaco fell well short of our capability. We had the potential in both races to be right up in front, but things just didn't fall into place.

“If we manage to exploit our full potential as a team, in other words get everything right from Friday morning to Sunday evening, a great deal is possible. After seven races it is patently clear that the C31 can be fast on virtually any kind of track.”

Sauber also admitted that he was considering the possibility of his team now challenging for a race win – something he wouldn't have even dreamt of at the start of the year.

“Before the season I don't suppose anyone would have put that question to me,” he said. “But now, after seven races with seven different winners, so much seems possible. In Malaysia we came very close to winning. Further podium places certainly seem a realistic prospect. The prerequisite of course is that our drivers go into the race from good grid positions.

“Of course the four big teams have very different financial possibilities compared to the private teams in the middle of the pack. But that doesn't in any way discourage us. Our forte is efficiency. The development package that was given its first airing in Barcelona showed what we are capable of. The crucial thing is that the C31 gives us an excellent foundation with real potential for further development.”



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10.06.2012- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C31
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10.06.2012- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C31
12.10.2014- Race, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
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12.10.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
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12.10.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
12.10.2014- Race, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
12.10.2014- Race, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C33
12.10.2014-  Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
12.10.2014-  Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India VJM07 and Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
12.10.2014- Race, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
12.10.2014- Race, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
12.10.2014- Race, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C33
12.10.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07
12.10.2014- Race, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
12.10.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM07

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David - Unregistered

June 15, 2012 3:20 AM

"Bad tires will slow the faster drivers and teams more than the slower ones" Not true. Why should it be? You can see for yourself. Google F1 Fanatic, "Canadian Grand Prix Lap Times" and compare e.g. Perez, Hamilton and Kovalainen on the chart, there's no evidence for what you say.

Justin - Unregistered

June 15, 2012 1:00 PM

Good luck to them, if any team on the grid deserves a victory it's them. A small-ish team punching well above their weight. I guess it goes to show that teams can have a quick car if they introduced budget caps, they say it will stop development and create more of a 'spec' series. I dont think it's true. The smaller teams are dispelling this myth this season. The bigger teams just need to be more efficient rather than throw money at a problem to fix it.



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