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Hulkenberg will bring consistent results - Sauber

ESPN Staff
February 13, 2013 « Mercedes still looks off the pace - Hakkinen | It's my neck on the line - Wolff »
Sauber is expecting Nico Hulkenberg to bring consistent results © Sutton Images
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Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn is expecting Nico Hulkenberg to score consistent results for her team this season.

Sauber had a competitive package last year but its performances fluctuated throughout the year nad Kaltenborn believes Hulkenberg can bring the consistency that the team lacked.

"We expect him to maintain his performance, especially after what we saw last year," she told the official Formula One website. "That impressed us a lot: how he got his chance and took the opportunity. This is something that we were lacking last year. Our efficiency in this respect was not very high.

"In him we see that strength - that he will make use of the potential that our car hopefully will have. Last year we heard from so many sides that we had huge potential - we just couldn't utilise that and translate it into points. We expect Nico to do that and, in a way, also give guidance to the engineers with his experience."

Kaltenborn is confident Sauber has a better starting point than it did in 2012 and she expecting the results to reflect that.

"I hope for a lot more than last year. The major reason for that is first and foremost the car: we have based it on the 2012 car and have focused a lot on eliminating any weaknesses we felt it had. Secondly, the team: we have stability and continuity in the team which is a huge asset. On top of this we have two drivers who we think can really utilize this potential. We are set up well."

And she is committed to developing the car throughout the 2013 campaign rather than trying to gain an advantage for 2014 by focusing on the new regulations for next season.

"A private team cannot afford that," she said. "The consequences of our future will depend on this year's result. There is no reason to believe we shouldn't be competitive. My guess is that the cars will become closer again due to the relatively stable rules. It is then that you have to have an edge over the others."