Sauber team principal bemoans small budget


Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has admitted the team would need a "bigger budget" if it wanted to get out of the slump in the form witnessed so far this season.

The C32 has been nothing like as competitive as its C31 predecessor seemingly sharing a similar drop off in performance as McLaren with its 2013 car and Williams.

In Montreal the Swiss team remained well off the pace and after a series of sponsorship meetings in recent weeks without apparent success, Kaltenborn believed it is was the financial crisis that was hitting the team's bid to find extra income.

"The paradox is that the sport is very exciting, we are having very good races as a sport, so that part is working well," she told Brazil's Totalrace.

"On the other hand, it is very difficult to attract more sponsors, which has more to do with the global economic climate."

But Kaltenborn did admit the team would need extra funds if the wanted to push ahead with development.

"It's tough," she said, "and if we had more money, we could develop more quickly and probably get out of the situation that we are currently in.

"Now, we are always having to consider how much a new part is going to cost us."

Another team is the doldrums is McLaren. After the Canadian GP driver Jenson Button admitted the team was "clutching at straws" and now the 2009 champion is writing off his 2013 chances.

Button told British newspapers: "We're so far behind, we're never going to win the championship this year."

It's a bad time for McLaren who now have to prepare for their home race at Silverstone in a just over two weeks, but Button is refusing to give up on this season before switching focus to 2014.

"We can still win grand prix races," he said, despite ruling out a podium at the British GP.

Asked how long the slump will last, the 33-year-old admitted: "No one knows the answer to that. It's pointless for me to try and answer."

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