Sauber keen to build on Monza points

By on Friday, September 14, 2012

Photo credit: Pirelli & C. S.p.A.

The Sauber team has said they are keen to keep pushing after collecting a third podium of the season at the Italian Grand Prix.

The team doesn't have the best of records at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore, with a best result of 6th place in four attempts.

Monza podium winner Sergio Perez says, "I generally like street circuits and the one in Singapore is physically quite demanding, but I feel prepared for that. Also for our car it should be an okay track to race on. I am very much looking forward to it and I want to get in another good result for the team at that very prestigious race."

Kamui Kobayashi managed only ninth in Italy but beamed enthusiasm at the mindset of the Swiss team.

"After our great result in Monza, everybody in the team is very motivated", he said.

"Singapore is a truly special event. As a night race it has established itself as a real highlight. Personally I like the place. Also it’s not too far from my home country, and there are always a lot of Japanese fans," said Kobayashi, whose home race takes place following the Singapore Grand Prix.

Kobayashi retired from the race in 2010 and managed only 14th last season, but is remaining optimistic.

"The track is quite demanding with a lot of corners, and mostly slow ones. In the past this kind of track didn’t really suit our car, but with this year’s Sauber C31 things have changed. I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be competitive there."

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Sauber's Head of Track Engineering admitted that brakes and tyres will be crucial.

"You have to keep an eye on the brakes, because they have very little time to cool down between corners", he said.

"Pirelli will allocate the supersoft and the soft compounds, which should work well in qualifying, but I don’t expect any chance of a one-stop strategy in the race"

He was also cautious about the team's prospects during the night race.

"Out of the seven upcoming races I expect this one to be the most difficult for our C31, but we will have our next aero update in Singapore, which should help to compensate for this and still put us in a position for a strong race"


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