Sun: Sauber, Caterham, Marussia

Sunday 11th May 2014

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Sun: Sauber, Caterham, Marussia

Sun: Sauber, Caterham, Marussia

Sauber again failed to score a single point at the Spanish GP, joining Marussia and Caterham at the back of the field...

Sauber:
Esteban Gutierrez: "Obviously, we cannot be happy with this result. It is not where we want to be. It was a good start, and I managed to gain some positions. After that I just kept dropping back. During the race it was very challenging to keep the tyres alive and to have good speed on the straights. I was trying to defend my position. Nevertheless, we should not lose our motivation. We have the test this week and we need to have the right programme to get things sorted out."

Adrian Sutil: "The race was not very exciting for me. Unfortunately, the performance of my car was not good and I was struggeling with the grip. Both stints with the medium tyres were difficult, I think the hard tyres worked better. At the end we were running out of laps. It was a disappointing race for me. We still have a huge problem with the grip level, especially while turning into the corners. We still have to work on this. Now we have to look forward and do better during the upcoming races."

Marussia:
Jules Bianchi: "It was a good race today in which we saw clear signs of our improvement. I was able to get ahead of my team-mate at the start, which was my first objective, and to stay ahead of the Caterhams which was the next. Our other objective was to take the fight to Sauber and while we were able to match their pace, the gap to them ahead was too great to be able to take a position from them. That time will come, I'm sure and maybe a race like Monaco will give us a better opportunity. I am happy for the Team that there is some reward for all the hard work, now we have to keep pushing and keep up the momentum."

Max Chilton: "I'm really pleased that we've seen a good step forward here and we've been able to lift our performance versus the cars around us. We've definitely gained a really strong advantage on the Caterhams and the Saubers are now in our sights, so well done to the Team. On a personal note it's also great to keep my finishing record alive and that's 24 out of 24 now. I'm really excited for Monaco now. It's a race I did well at last year and one that always presents a few opportunities. With the improvements we have we could have an interesting race."

Caterham:
Marcus Ericsson: "I was pleased with how I got off the line and was with Kamui in 19th but then Maldonado hit me pretty hard as he tried to pass going into turn 13. His move risked putting both of us out of the race, but luckily the car was ok and I was able to continue, even though that had put me back to 22nd. My pace in the early laps was ok but the car balance wasn't great so I couldn't really do anything to stay with Chilton who'd got past when Maldonado made contact with me. In the high speed corners it was understeering too much but it was the opposite in the low speed turns, oversteering a lot which, combined, meant I just couldn't push anywhere. We did a long stint on the second set of mediums, pushing them to lap 40 when we made the second stop, switching to a set of new hards to run to the flag. From that point my focus was just making sure I could get to the flag and bring a tough race weekend to an end. For me it's another Grand Prix under my belt, another chance to learn and as hard as it's been, I know we can improve so I'm as positive as ever and excited about racing in my first F1 race in Monaco in a couple of weeks."

Kamui Kobayashi: "My start was pretty good and I was up to 18th by the end of lap one having passed Chilton, but I couldn't keep Maldonado or Vergne behind me and lost places to them by lap five so just focused on my own race. The car felt ok but I still had the same traction issues as we'd had all weekend so it was still a bit of a handful, but the deg levels on the first set of medium tyres that we'd started with were good so we could run a very long first stint, finally boxing on lap 23 for another set of mediums. The car felt better on the second set of tyres and I was able to make up some time to Bianchi ahead, but then on lap 44 I had a pretty scary moment going into turn one when the left front brake failed and I was just able to keep the car out of the wall. That was the end of my race and the end of a difficult weekend. We clearly don't have the performance we're targeting, but changes have been made to help us sort this out and the whole team is working harder than ever to make progress, and we have two days of testing here to help us learn more about the new parts we brought to Spain, so we'll aim to fight back in Monaco next week."

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