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Monisha Kaltenborn: & # 34; Alternative engine not a good solution & # 34;

Interview with Monisha Kaltenborn
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Do you take stock?

K altenborn: In terms of sport, I'm basically satisfied. We have fundamentally moved in the right direction. Which wasn't that difficult after last season. We have found the rhythm again in many things, but there is still a lot of potential for me.

What do you dislike?

Kaltenborn: The result at the end of the day. And that's what counts. And I can't be satisfied with eighth place.

Where does Sauber have to orientate itself to?

Kaltenborn: We have to have higher ambitions. Traditionally, we're a team that isn't that far behind. We have now really spent a year at the very back. An experience that I would have liked to have done without. I see us in the front midfield.

There were good and bad phases for Sauber this year. Can the ups and downs be explained?

Kaltenborn: Everyone in the field had their ups and downs. I could have had a few more positive moments desired. With two new drivers who don't have that much experience either.

You keep the drivers. Will that be a plus in 2016?

Kaltenborn: That is certainly an important factor. We also need to improve the car and hope that progress is made in the powertrain.

Why did it go so wrong in 2014?

Kaltenborn: The last year was already very much shaped by the big differences in the drive train. We certainly didn't have the one who dominated. There were also many technical problems with the powertrain. If that is paired with what may not be the most competitive chassis, then this is the result of a season. It all started a season earlier. It was because we made a conscious decision in mid-2013 to put more work into the 2013 car. We still scored a lot of points as a result, but we also knew that with the new car with the major rule changewould be a compromise. What we couldn't have foreseen is that with the large discrepancy between the engines, a not so good chassis is more important than in a normal season.

Last year was for Sauber a season of bad news. Sauber was regularly written dead. That is no longer the case this year. Is the situation more relaxed now?

Kaltenborn: The fact that there were so many bad messages last year is due to the people they gave to the world have set. Maybe they have lost interest in us now. It was always clear to us: we are going the right way. There are difficult times and less difficult times. We still have our challenges ahead of us.

How difficult is it for you to do business?

Kaltenborn: It's very difficult. And it remains so difficult because we are exposed to decisions that we can only accept. For example, those decisions that come from the strategy group. And they don't make our lives any easier.

Do the engine costs play a role?

Kaltenborn: Definitely. The engine is one of the biggest cost drivers. That is completely unfounded. Manufacturers build their engines one way or another. It is out of the question for them to get an engine from someone else. We said from the start: You have to look at the costs. That was always guaranteed, but nobody did it. Now is the time to bring the cost down to a reasonable level. Nobody says that we have to go back to prices like we had with the V8 engines. There has to be a middle ground between that and the prices we're paying now.

Still, clean is versus the new cheap engine?

Kaltenborn: The manufacturers and the association have decided that we will go the hybrid route. I don't think it's good for the whole sport if we turn back now. That would be bad for the image. Then it will be said again that we are completely unworldly and bypassing reality. It's important for manufacturers to be able to showcase the technologies they use on the road too. Hybrid and efficiency are what count today. In the next step we have problems with the sponsors who then no longer want to participate. Take a look at Formula E. It shows where the wind is blowing from. The second problem is the implementation of the whole.

What do you mean by that?

Kaltenborn : We're getting a two-class society. This is not a good solution. How should you get this paritycreate. It's not just about performance. We're talking about refueling, for example. That we save on the engine, we spend again at the tank systems. It's an idea that doesn't work. We should rather focus on bringing down the costs of the current engines.

Let's assume that in 2017 there will be a six million euro engine on the market . Isn't it tempting to take it?

Kaltenborn: I think six to seven million is a great number. I would like Ferrari to offer us the current engine for this money. I just can't imagine an engine like that going away. We just saw that Ferrari has a right of veto. Why discuss something when you know that at some point the end of the flagpole will be reached.

Together with Force India you have submitted a formal complaint to the EU Commission. Why at all and why now and not earlier?

Kaltenborn: Our point is that we do not agree with the privileges that some people have Teams were given. Be it for monetary reasons, be it for the rights of decision-making. Preparing for this complaint took a long time. That's why it couldn't be earlier. The whole time we tried to talk to the others. If you realize at some point that it doesn't work, you just have to go this way.

Did you fear reprisals?

Kaltenborn: I have not experienced any reprisals at all. We want to make it clear that we are not acting against the other teams, but against the owners of the commercial rights. Now we hope that the Commission will take up the complaint and initiate proceedings to see why these privileges were granted. It's good for Formula 1, and therefore for everyone.

When do you expect the first results?

Kaltenborn: I think that by the end of this year we will know where we are headed.


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