Kaltenborn: Sauber’s Potential can’t be Measured by 2016 Performance

Sauber were saved from a dismal pointless season by Felipe Nasr’s late points finish in Brazil that allowed the Swiss team to finish ahead Manor in the Constructor standings. 

The team endured a difficult season in which financial insecurity disallowed any real updates or progress throughout the opening half of the season. The team were static and usually squabbling at the back of the order.

Felipe Nasr (BRA), Sauber F1 Team.  Suzuka Circuit.
Felipe Nasr (BRA), Sauber F1 Team.
Suzuka Circuit.

Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn believes that in the upcoming season that marks Sauber’s 25th year with Formula One, the team can get back to being more competitive and a greater threat to the points.

“Where we are coming from, this is not our normal way. For us it was anything but a normal season. If we were in our usual way of developing, we are not where we would be. Of course while other teams do a great job, I think you also have to consider that we did not quite have what we normally would have.

It was way after the middle of the season that our car was finally the kind of car that we would have liked to have started the season with. Imagine what a delay there was there, but that was the situation and you have to deal with. You need a bit of luck as well, on top of all the hard work – which we had but which [Manor] also had for that matter with their point, so that’s part of the game.”

– Monisha Kaltenborn

Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Sauber F1 Team.  Suzuka Circuit.
Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Sauber F1 Team.
Suzuka Circuit.

The sport benefits from having as many teams in contention for points finishes as possible, and Sauber’s struggles this season away from the circuit kept the team out of the picture in most races this season. With new financial backing in place the team will hopefully unveil a 2017 challenger that is competitive from the off. A repeat of this season won’t be acceptable from the team’s perspective.