Sauber 'close to first win' says Kaltenborn

Sergio Perez relaxes after his second place in Italy ( Sauber Motorsport AG)
11 September 2012 by Ryan Wood | M

Sauber believe they're close to winning their first race of the season following a strong showing at the Italian Grand prix last weekend.

Sergio Perez managed to finish second despite starting 12th, handing him his third podium of the year [twice 2nd and once 3rd], which has filled the entire Swiss outfit with confidence as they head to the final flyaway races.

CEO Monish Kaltenborn says victory is close, but everything must come together perfectly if they're to realise the result.

"It's very difficult to say [if we' will win], because so many things have to be right to win a race," said the Indian. "I think we are very close to it, and all we can do is just make sure that we don't make mistakes on the track and then I'm sure it will work out."

The team have a number of upgrades coming in the remaning races which it hopes will allow it to keep pace with the leading outfits.

"I think we've been seeing throughout the season that this car actually is a very good car," added Kaltenborn. "And of course when you bring these sorts of results home then it proves it even further, so for us we continue to be convinced that it's a very good car and now we hope that the packages we still have for the overseas races are going to kick in the way we expect them to and then I think we can still keep our level of competitiveness quite high."

Whilst the team seek that elusive win, speculation surrounding Perez's future continues to mount, but Kaltenborn insists she isn't worried.

"I've always told you we announce for one season and we will in due course announce for the next season. But I'm still relaxed as I was months ago."



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