• Chinese Grand Prix

Sauber not blaming Ferrari engines

ESPNF1 Staff
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Pedro de la Rosa was in a scrap for fourth before retiring © Sutton Images
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Despite Sauber suffering yet another engine failure in China on Sunday, the fingers of blame did not immediately point in supplier Ferrari's direction.

After engine overheating problems in Bahrain, Fernando Alonso's retirement and two Sauber failures in Malaysia, and then a blow-up for Alonso in Shanghai practice, the Ferrari engine in Pedro de la Rosa's C29 then expired in the early stages of the Chinese Grand Prix. Having dodged the strategy chaos to be running fourth, the failure was particularly bitter for de la Rosa and Sauber.

"Pedro was driving an excellent race, he made a great call on the tyres and the team went with that decision," said technical director James Key. "He stayed on the dry option tyres while others changed to wets, which was a very good call by the driver and the team. Sadly there was a problem with the car. It is engine related but we can't say whether it's a specific engine problem or a problem related to the chassis. We still need to analyse that when the car comes back. It was a points' opportunity today, but unfortunately it didn't happen.

As for the C29 car, Key admitted his early impressions were not all good.

"It's a very well-built car, but there are some areas that we need to work on," the former-Force India man is quoted as saying.