After a dismal showing at the season-opening Bahrain GP, the Sauber team is confident of an improved showing at next weekend’s Australian GP.

Having shown promising form in pre-season testing – which several pundits believed was due to light fuel loads to attract sponsors – the team left the opening round with an embarrassing zero points and a double retirement, with both Pedro de la Rosa and Kamui Kobayashi retiring mid-race with hydraulics issues.

Bahrain GP - De La Rosa

Both drivers admitted that the Bahrain circuit did not suit the car, however the team is expecting a markedly improved performance at the second round in Melbourne.

Technical Director Willy Rampf – who is due to retire in the next month – believes the team has solved the problems it experienced in Bahrain.

"After our disappointing performance in Bahrain we have to make up for a lot in Australia," he said. "We have analysed the data and drawn conclusions accordingly. I expect us to be significantly more competitive in Melbourne.”

Here’s hoping so!

"The failures were caused by hydraulic leaks in both cases, but for different reasons. For both problems we will have solutions ready for the race,” he continued.

"I’m curious about how the tyres will be working. Last year the softer of the two compounds was degrading badly after just a few laps. This time Bridgestone is providing us with a harder compound, which naturally has an impact on the set-up."

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