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Currently languishing in tenth place in the constructors’ championship with no points on the board, Sauber’s current barren streak is its worst in Formula One so far.
Nine races in, the team is yet to open its account with the run from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix to the recently concluded British GP matching its longest ever point-less streak in the sport.
It had previously failed to score in nine straight races between the 1995 European and the 1996 San Marino GPs, although in that period the Swiss team finished seventh and eighth twice, and once in ninth place, all of which would count for points – amounting to 22 in all - today.
This season, Sauber has failed to feature in the top ten with Adrian Sutil’s 11th in Melbourne being the best result for the team so far. Incidentally, teammate Esteban Gutirrez’s best finish too came in Australia when he crossed the line in 12th place.
At the next race in Germany, Gutierrez will start the race with a three-place grid penalty as he was blamed for the collision with Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado at Silverstone further denting the team’s hopes.
Qualifying has been terrible too. Until the British GP, at least one Sauber had failed to proceed to Q2 with both cars getting knocked out in the first leg on two occasions (in Monaco and Austria).
And even though the British GP ended that run, Gutierrez’s ten-place penalty from a pit stop incident in the previous race dropped the Mexican further down ensuring that the situation remained tough for the team.
Along with Toro Rosso, Sauber has also picked up the most number of DNFs this season with eight.