Estéban Gutierrez experienced a difficult race at Bahrain after starting from the very back of the grid. The Mexican rookie however is happy with the progress made since his debut, but is also aware further improvement is needed.
On his own website, he commented on his progress during the first 4 races.
“We can be happy about that, working since Melbourne we definitely are making progress with the car, little by little, and I think at this point is when the car has felt better in terms of balance and stability and that is indication that we are moving in the right direction although there is still a lot of room for improvement, we just have to continue moving in that direction to keep getting better.
“It probably is a whole process, at the end of the day it is evident that we don't have the same speed as last year; you have to be on the limit in every aspect and that - me being a rookie - makes things even more difficult. I just have to be on that side and try and be very clean and think on how to make the most with what we have”.
Knowing that the Chinese GP also was a race to forget, the youngster is wise enough to look ahead into the European season.
“With the speed we have now we cannot expect a lot but the team is working very hard to improve the car and I am working hard to, giving my best effort, obviously I am the first person who wants to get the results.
“It has been good as an experience but, on the other hand, very near the limit on every aspect. Now it's time to start looking towards Europe, I think the experience from the previous four races is very valuable, we all are aware of what we have to improve and we just have to make it happen”.
The team certainly agrees with his assessment of the Sauber C32 as also team principal Monisha Kaltenborn repeatedly went on record saying she was disappointed with the current level of performance. Updates are expected for the Spanish GP in three weeks time where the team hopes to gain back some of its lost speed of 2012.