Neither of the two Saubers was exactly in factory condition at the conclusion of the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix, with both cars ending the race prematurely and even the team itself agreeing that this had been "a weekend to forget" for the squad.
Nico Hülkenberg's race in Montreal came to an end on lap 45 after he'd earlier made contact with a backmarker as he tried to lap the Caterham car through the final chicane.
"Lapping can be troublesome, but these guys are racing too and have things happenings in the race, the same as us," said Hülkenberg, taking a conciliatory line over the incident that ended his campaign. "I lapped Giedo van der Garde and braked. At first I didn't feel anything until I came out of the corner and realised the car wasn't going straight, so we decided to stop."
Hülkenberg had started from ninth on the grid, gaining two places overnight thanks to the penalties handed out to Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo. However, he'd quickly dropped back behind Raikkonen and Ricciardo again to 11th place in the opening laps and then before his first pit stop on lap 12 dropped him down to 17th.
He'd recovered to 14th before his clash with van der garde, but Hülkenberg admitted he'd never really been at the races on Sunday at the Circuit Cille Villeneuve.
"Even after we lost positions at the start of the race, we didn't really have the pace today," he agreed. "I was fighting for 14th and couldn't do much more.
"Of course this is not an ideal way to end a race, but in the end we wouldn't have gained much more," he insisted. "It's disappointing to finish a race like this."
“This is a weekend to forget," offered team principal Monisha Kaltenborn. "We knew this track wouldn't really suit our car. If you have weaknesses on the car in addition to a track that doesn't suit you, then it's twice as hard. We have a lot of work to do."
The team had tried to address their inherent weakness in Montreal by splitting the strategies of their two drivers, Hülkenberg taking a two-stop approach while Esteban Gutiérrez was tasked with trying to make a one-stopper work, which finally proved too much to ask.