Sauber duo still aiming high
Young drivers have faith that team will sustain pace shown so far
Last Updated: 07/08/12 9:27am
Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez are optimistic further podium finishes, and even a race victory, are still within Sauber's reach over the remainder of the season.
The Swiss outfit have this year come closer to winning a race than ever before under team founder Peter Sauber's sole control with Perez finishing a close second to Fernando Alonso in Malaysia and then claiming third in wake of a late charge in Canada.
But although the team's results over the first part of the season have nonetheless been inconsistent, and few pundits are expecting a repeat of the early-season shock results seen in the early rounds of the season, both of Sauber's drivers are still aiming high when the season resumes at Spa.
Asked what their targets were for the second half of 2012, Kobayashi said: "On the one hand I want to get my first podium in Formula 1, because this is definitely within reach with this car, while on the other we have to focus on our position in the Constructors' Championship and score points on a regular basis."
Perez, meanwhile, added that the team needed to maximise the C31's potential at every Grand Prix meeting, and that given the car remained competitive, a breakthrough win couldn't yet be ruled out.
"We need to be more efficient and I want to contribute to that," the Mexican said.
"It is not that our performance was not consistent, but we didn't always get the things right and also we have been unlucky sometimes.
"We have to get everything together and make the most out of what we have. The car is quick and for me my first victory would be a dream come true."
Sauber currently sit a comfortable sixth place in the Constructors' Championship, their points tally of 80 putting them marginally closer to Mercedes ahead than Williams behind, and Kobayashi agrees that the potential is there to achieve even more over the final nine races.
"Overall we have done a good job and achieved great things," the Japanese reflected.
"The team built a very good car with an excellent performance. Since the beginning of the season we have been competitive on most tracks, and this means we can be confident for the remainder of the season.
"The downside so far has been we definitely missed some opportunities for some more great results. Too often we didn't manage the weekend perfectly. If we can improve there, a lot will be possible."