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.”