Sauber driver Adrian Sutil is feeling positive ahead of the 2014 F1 Chinese Grand Prix and reckons 'every future race will now move the team furthermore up to the front'.
Sauber have struggled so far this year and in Bahrain last weekend suffered another double DNF with Sutil and team-mate, Esteban Gutierrez both taken out in accidents beyond their control.
Despite not having scored yet though, Sutil is upbeat and added that the Shanghai International Circuit should be a 'good fit' for the Ferrari-powered C33.
“I am positive about the next race in China,” said Sutil, who will sit out FP1 as test and reserve driver, Giedo van der Garde will drive his car in the opening session. “The Shanghai International Circuit is interesting. It is not my favourite track, but I still like driving there.”
“The layout is special in comparison to the other ones. It consists of some fast corners, which get tighter towards the end of the corner. Besides that, the track has a long straight which is the longest on the race calendar,” he continued.
“On this track a good balance for the car and a lot of grip on the front axle is needed. I believe the layout should be a good fit for the C33.
"I am positive about the weekend. We have to look forward, and every future race will move us furthermore up to the front,” he added.
Giampaolo Dall'Ara, Sauber's head of track engineering, meanwhile is also hopeful the team can open its account in China.
“The team keeps working relentlessly to get on top of the performance limitations that so far have not allowed us to race where we want to,” he stated. “We look forward to the Chinese Grand Prix now as the next step, thanks to a number of updates we'll be introducing there and more track experience we gathered during the [recent] two-day Bahrain test.”