Sauber does not need to build a completely new car for the 2015 season despite a poor year so far, according to team principal Monisha Kaltenborn.
With Marussia scoring two points in the Monaco Grand Prix and Sauber yet to score, the team is currently tenth in the constructors' championship. However, Kaltenborn says the lack of results masks the positive aspects of this year's car and believes it is strong enough to act as the basis for the 2015 design.
“Looking at the data that we have on the car there is no need for us to develop a totally new car, because it's not as bad as it actually looks,” Kaltenborn said. “We know exactly where the weaknesses of the car are, they are areas which are very much known to the team because in our history of going back over many years of development we have always had these areas.
“So we need to focus on them again, clearly on low-speed corner performance. The aero is not that bad on the car but yes we have to improve there as well, and I think if we can tackle certain areas we will make a step ahead.”
Kaltenborn also said progress from Ferrari over the winter would automatically lead to Sauber being more competitive.
“What we also shouldn't forget is that a major factor this year for any team is also the powertrain; either good or not so good. So I'm also confident there with the communication that we have with our engine supplier that they will make a step ahead. So I am very sure that the package we will have for next year is definitely going to be better than this one.”