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GP Week : Issue 162
F1 >>> NEWS While all the attention has been on McLaren’s struggles in recent races, another team to have mixed strong performances with disappointing showings this year has been Sauber. The 2012 Formula One season has delivered a succession of highs and lows for the Swiss racers, who have been experiencing something of a negative slump since Sergio Perez last took to the podium in Montreal. Team principal Peter Sauber described the European Grand Prix as a “race of missed opportunities” , while Silverstone brought a Maldonado-inflicted retirement for Perez as team mate Kamui Kobayashi sent three of the team’s mechanics to the medical centre for after an accident in his second pit stop. “We have failed to score points this season several times and for a variety of reasons,” said CEO Monisha Kaltenborn. “In hindsight it doesn’t help to pine for those points, as now we have to move for ward. The Sauber C31 has proved to be quick on all types of circuits. Plus we’ve got two strong drivers – Sergio has been on the podium twice this year, and Kamui has been able to shine with a fourth in qualifying and a fifth in a race. Both have a fastest race lap to their names. We have everything it takes to wind up the first half of the season in a positive way, and that’s our aim for Hockenheim.” Hockenheim will offer Sauber the opportunity to salvage some of the ground lost to all the teams at the British Grand Prix when endless rain and wet running made it impossible to test the raft of upgrades the bulk of the paddock had brought to Silverstone. “We will have some minor modifications to the rear of the car [in Germany], and we still don’t know a hundred percent the effect of the development package we introduced in Silverstone, because, due to the bad weather, we could not do all the measurements we planned,” said head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall’Ara. “However, I’m confident our performance will be strong again, as our car has been quick on various different tracks this year.” SAUBER LOOK TO HOCKENHEIM TO IMPROVE FORM 8 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: