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Sauber anonymous once again, but Sutil does finish

May 12, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

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A quick pop quiz to begin this article. Without looking, tell me where Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez finished during yesterday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Any idea? I doubt it. Once again, both drivers were pretty anonymous for the entire race, and the team is now just one of three stuck on zero points.

By the way, the answer to that question is 16th and 17th place, with Gutierrez ahead of Sutil.

In fact, Gutierrez didn’t have a bad start. Thanks to Sebastian Vettel’s grid penalty, he started up in 13th place, and managed to stay there for a little while. Eventually, Vettel, Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen all managed to find a way past, and it went downhill from there for the Mexican.

“Obviously, we cannot be happy with this result,” Gutierrez said. “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 tires alive and to have good speed on the straights.

“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 did meet his own target of seeing the checkered flag in Spain, but given that he finished only ahead of the Marussia and Caterham drivers, he has little else to smile about.

“The race was not very exciting for me,” he said. “Unfortunately, the performance of my car was not good and I was struggling with the grip.

“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.”

Given that Simona de Silvestro, Giedo van der Garde and Sergey Sirotkin have all set their sights on a seat with Sauber next season, such a disastrous start to the season is the last thing that either Gutierrez or Sutil would have wanted. The car had undergone some weight loss for the race, but it appeared to have little effect.

Attention will now turn to Monaco in two weeks’ time, but it might take something out of the ordinary for Sauber to score any points at F1’s glamor event.

  1. techmeister1 - May 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    It’s sad to see Sauber suffer so badly as they have been a good team in F1 for many years. The new formula however favors the large teams with unlimited resources and that is as far as you can get from Sauber. It will be a monumental challenge for Sauber to move up the grid very far but maybe they’ll get lucky.

    • crunge4461 - May 14, 2014 at 2:42 AM

      Well, I would say that after 5 races this is where Sauber is and everyone else is for that matter. I don’t think that anyone will be able to catch up too much. Even though I hope we get some great Hamilton-Rosberg battles I do think it is a shame that F1 often works out in such a predictable fashion…after about week 5 or 6 it is clear where everyone is, there are some battles for 4th or 5th best, but no one will have anything for Mercedes all season….after last year and not to mention a bunch of rule changes, I think everyone was hoping for a more up in the air season, but as it stands I would be surprised if any other team besides Mercedes won a race this year.

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