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Car and driver trouble ends Sauber’s points run

Oct 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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Against the run of play, Sauber failed to add to their points haul in India while Force India edged away from them in the constructors’ championship.

Heading into the race it seemed inevitable the resurgent Sauber would pass their rivals for fifth place. Now the gap between them has opened up to 23 points.

Nico Hulkenberg was on course for at least eighth place when he suffered a failure on his car.

“When I was braking into the last turn something clicked and all of a sudden my brakes were gone,” he said. “Something must have been broken on the car.”

“Following that I pitted and went out again, but something wasn’t right.”

This was a double blow for Sauber as Paul di Resta inherited Hulkenberg’s position, followed by Adrian Sutil.

Esteban Gutierrez scored his first points for Sauber in Japan but failed to add to their tally in India after a poor weekend. He was almost a second slower than Hulkenberg in qualifying and picked up a drive-through penalty during the race.

“We are very disappointed, because Nico was clearly in the points before a technical problem forced him to retire,” said team principal Monisha Kaltenborn. “Even if this was a setback today it is important for us to know that our competitiveness is still there.”

  1. apexassassin - Oct 28, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    And why did Gutierrez get a drive-through penalty no-one asked? He jumped the start. Despite brief glimmers of talent I think Carlos Slim is going to need to dig deep into purse to keep this muppet in F1 next season.

    As for the Hulk I’m sure he was crushed by the brake failure… I know I was! Such a shame as he was on form all weekend! Better luck this weekend Hulk!

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