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Clean vs. Mercedes: Now the only thing that helps is interlagos chaos

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P unctually, Sauber and Mercedes are moving at a slow pace towards the end of the season. It almost seems as if neither of the two competitors wants to end up in fifth place in the constructors' classification, which means around five million euros in additional income compared to sixth place. In Austin, as in Korea and India, the duel ended with zero to zero draw.

The gap for Sauber remained at twelve points. Actually, the Swiss in Texas had hoped for the decisive blow against the Stuttgart. With only one race left, Mercedes can certainly live better with the zero number in Austin than the team from Hinwil.

'The car was actually fast enough for points this weekend. If only the problem with them Tire temperatures in qualifying ', complained a disappointed team manager Beat Zehnder after the race. In the meantime it has been clarified which problem led to the bad starting positions. The rear tires suddenly heated up too much on the white cars.

Problems for Sauber also in the race

Team boss Monisha Kaltenborn smiled the usual charming smile away: 'It was a Constant ups and downs this weekend. You were always good at it, and then you were down again. It was similar in the race. Sergio had a fantastic start and then braking problems came relatively quickly. '

From lap 15, the Mexican's brake pedal got longer and longer. 'That's why he unfortunately had to let the two Williams go by,' said Zehnder. 'Otherwise he would have finished ninth relatively safely.' Team-mate Kamui Kobayashi was having trouble getting the tires up to temperature. Even an early change in lap 14 did not bring the Japanese forward decisively.

With twelve points behind, only a small miracle helps in Brazil. Zehnder: 'Even if Mercedes doesn't score again, we should at least end up in sixth and seventh place. Since four cars - Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and Lotus - are faster than us under normal circumstances, we need some unusual events.'

Kaltenborn believes in her team

Kaltenborn doesn't want to give up anytime soon. 'We have maneuvered ourselves into the situation where the pressure is greatest. Of course everyone will now say that the team we are racing against so often doesn't have anyScored points and we couldn't take advantage of the situation. But we still have one chance. We'll take it. '

The new team boss is still hoping for the turning point in Interlagos. You don't give up:' If you look at the statistics, that's a number of points that is not impossible for us is. We have proven that more than once. But I believe that in Brazil there is also the element of the unpredictable. That can be positive or negative. One should never hope for chaos. But you have to try to plan it in. '

Driver announcement soon

For a bit of unrest in the team, the second driver for the coming season could be announced before the final Kaltenborn had promised to make the decision this season. 'I'm sticking to that. But I won't tell you exactly when. 'In the paddock, all the experts firmly assume that the Mexican Esteban Gutierrez will take the place of Kamui Kobyashi in 2013.


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