Click to view our fantastic subscription offers

Instant access to the F1 paddock

You have 5 views remaining

You have read 10 stories this month. After 15, you will need to register or subscribe.

Register with us for free to view 25 stories a month.

Or subscribe to AUTOSPORT+ for unlimited news stories and access to our exclusive subscriber-only content.

Our commitment to quality journalism

We've introduced metered access to AUTOSPORT which will ensure that the majority of our visitors can continue to view the site for free. But we think that is worth a small investment from those who use it most, so that we can continue to send the leading experts in their field to motor racing paddocks all over the world to break the latest news and produce the most compelling interviews and race reports.

Every visitor gets 15 free page views per month. Once you reach the limit you can register to get 25 views or choose one of our value-for-money subscription packages to continue viewing and to get additional access to a range of features including:

  • Unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Get AUTOSPORT magazine in a digital format on your computer or iPad every week
  • Full access to FORIX - the world's best motorsport statistics website

We greatly appreciate your continued support to keep AUTOSPORT at the forefront of motorsport coverage, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new subscriber.


Glenn Freeman
AUTOSPORT.com Editor

autosport.com
Search:
Find out more about our subscriptions
  AUTOSPORT+ LOGIN AUTOSPORT Plus  
Username:
Password:
F1 NEWS 

Sauber eyeing qualifying improvement, but without compromising race pace

Sergio Perez, SauberSauber's Monisha Kaltenborn says one of the main priorities for the Swiss squad is to try to improve its qualifying form.

The Hinwil-based squad secured its second podium of the season in last weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, where Sergio Perez finished in third position.

Perez, however, had started from 15th on the grid, highlighting Sauber's difficulty to emulate in qualifying what it can achieve in terms of race pace.

"It is our clear target to improve on the qualifying because if we can manage to get the car further in front on the grid, we can be far quicker and show even more the potential of this car, so this is really going to be our target to get further in front," Kaltenborn said.

However, she made it clear that the team must find a solution that does not compromise its strong race form.

"That is a difficult one," she said. "I think that has also a lot to do with how we ourselves prepare ourselves in qualifying, and there are enough areas that we have to improve as a team and if we can manage to get the qualifying session better together then we can really show these better kind of results."

Although Kaltenborn is convinced Sauber's car is very strong, she acknowledges that a lot of things must come together in order to be back on the podium.

"I am convinced that this car is competitive but to be on the podium a lot has to fit together," Kaltenborn added.

"There are certain factors we can influence and some we cannot, so the ones we can influence we have to work on, which are ourselves and our actions and our strategies and if we can get that together then the other ones will fit in as well so I do hope to see these moments more often."

And she admitted the feeling of having secured a podium in Montreal was very different to that in Malaysia, where the weather played a part in Perez's charge.

"It is a totally different feeling again. They are different circumstances and you had to look at different things here; it wasn't an exceptional crazy race, so you have to take every moment for its own.

"We are extremely happy and I just hope we don't have to wait for the next moment that long since Malaysia."

Subs
  More news  
    advertisement
  RELATED LINKS
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the autosport.com shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
  FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON
FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON TWITTER
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed
Haymarket