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Korean Grand Prix: Sauber happy with ‘best qualifying’ of 2013

“The race will be interesting,” he admitted, “The track temperature changed in Q3 and I had a bit of an issue with the balance of the car, and the front grip. Tomorrow will be similar to today, so we need to consider that in order to have a consistent race.”

Head of track engineering Tom McCullough, meanwhile, praised the backroom staff at Hinwil for their contribution to the Saturday success.

“This was a true team effort, as the latest updates we brought here were scheduled for India,” he explained, “A big push by the production department brought that target forward, so we have these final ones for these last six races.

“Making it into FP3 with both cars is a fantastic result for the team, and we can see clearly the car is improving. It was obvious, after FP3, that it was going to be very tight, but we knew Q3 was possible and great laps by both drivers got us there. In Q3 itself, both drivers felt there was a little bit more in the car, but as we shall be starting seventh and eighth on the grid and the long run pace of the car in P2 was strong, our target for points is realistic and this is what matters. Getting into Q3 was part one of our plans.”



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Fullofit

October 05, 2013 7:38 PM

At the beginning of the season many experts were praising the Sauber design & expecting big things, but the results never came. & we all know the team hasn't has the budget to keep up development with the top teams ... certainly not to gain on them. To me it looks like it's taken them this long to understand their car properly & unlock its potential.



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