Monisha Kaltenborn admits there is "frustration" at Sauber which can be relieved if the team regains ninth in the constructors' championship.

Having yet to score, Sauber currently sits in tenth place behind Marussia which has two points this season courtesy of Jules Bianchi's ninth place in Monaco. Speaking to during an exclusive interview, Kaltenborn said it is important that Sauber gets points on the board from more than just a financial perspective.

"First of all from a morale perspective for the team, the frustration would go, which is definitely there and it would give a certain boost to the team," Kaltenborn said. "Financially of course it helps, one should not just consider a few million not being money; it's a lot of money. The higher you go the more significant these positions get, but yes it would be a positive sign towards the team and only help us go more in a positive direction."

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And Kaltenborn admits she didn't expect to be going in to the final three races of the season having yet to overhaul Marussia.

"Well we knew it was not going to be easy, but yes I didn't expect the team to be at this position. We've had our chances and there have been different reasons why we've not made use of them. We've also made mistakes after Monaco even in a couple of races and I think that's got much better in the last few races and we're trying to minimise that area at least and those factors.

"We know that today we are not in a position where we, through our own strength like we did last year, can come and say we can score points. So the best we can do with the package we have, the whole package, is to be there, not to make mistakes and if there's an opportunity, take it."


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When you are behind Marussia in the standings and not a single point to show from the season then acknowledging 'frustration' is probably the under-statement of the year!
The only way forward for this team is a complete break from the past - new ownership (no residual Sauber interest no matter how small) and a new, professional management. Otherwise this is heading in the same direction as Caterham.