Marussia success puts pressure on Sauber
By Alan Baldwin
LONDON (Reuters) - Marussia's stunning Monaco Grand Prix weekend has put pressure on rivals Sauber - but the Swiss team remain confident they will soon be back in front.
Sauber principal Monisha Kaltenborn told Reuters after the team again failed to score their first point of the season that they had just been unlucky.
"You could see the cars were in the race, the car was showing good performance," she said after Germany's Adrian Sutil and Mexican Esteban Gutierrez both crashed out.
"To lose, or not make use of the chances of actually such sure points in this way, and through such mistakes, is very unfortunate."
Sutil lost control under braking as he exited the tunnel on lap 24, smashing into the barriers, while Gutierrez was running in the top 10 when he hit the guardrail and spun at Rascasse, 18 laps from the end.
The Mexican said afterwards it was "probably the most painful mistake in my career".
With them out of the way, Marussia's Jules Bianchi came through from the last row of the grid, and despite two stop/go penalties, took two points - his team's first in more than four years of trying.
The result catapulted Marussia ahead of Sauber into ninth position overall. Continued...