Pit mix-up hinders Sauber progress

By on Sunday, June 22, 2014
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

A sequence of errors resulted in a difficult afternoon for Sauber at the Austrian Grand Prix as neither Adrian Sutil nor Esteban Gutierrez were able to score points.

Gutierrez was released from his first stop without the right rear tyre attached but in radioing the Mexican to stop, Sauber inadvertently gave the message to Sutil, who naturally obliged.

Sutil slowed and lost almost 10 seconds until Sauber realised their error.

"From a driving perspective, it was a good race," said Sutil.

"I had a good start and was able to gain two positions on the first lap. Up to lap 15, after my first pit stop, everything went according to our plan. Suddenly, I got the instruction through the radio to stop the car immediately. However, the radio communication was not for me, but for Esteban. After telling me this I immediately continued in the race, but I had already lost quite a lot of time due to this incident."

Gutierrez will also drop 10 places on the grid for the British Grand Prix due to Sauber's error, which team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said was not acceptable.

"Our work today is not acceptable," she lamented.

"Such a mistake at a pit stop must simply not happen. We will carefully look into our procedures and the consequences, and we will take appropriate measures. Today, both drivers put in good performances, but this doesn’t help when we make mistakes. We cannot afford that."


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