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Sauber has faith in Ferrari power

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Monisha Kalternborn insists Sauber's relationship with engine supplier Ferrari is fine despite the team's struggles in 2014.

Sauber struggled from the outset this season, hampered by both the Ferrari power unit and an overweight car. With Sauber still yet to score a point team principal Kalternborn says it would be wrong to put all the blame at Ferrari's door given the team's problems with the C33.

"It is one of the major factors, but I don't think it is as easy as saying it is somebody else's fault," Kalternborn told the official F1 website. "We always have to look at ourselves first and, being very honest about it, this car is definitely not one of the better cars that we've built. This has its reasons and we know them.

"Yes, the engine is a major factor - the driveability of the engine - but because it wasn't right from the beginning that doesn't mean that you give up. We have a very long lasting partnership with Ferrari and in all these years we've gone through good and not such good times, but you stick together and get through it."

When asked if Sauber was ready to point the blame at Ferrari, as we have seen with Red Bull and Renault this year, Kaltenborn replied: "I am not really aware of the situation between Renault and Red Bull, but ours with Ferrari is a close and very open relationship. We've never done that. If we have times when maybe things didn't go so well, I can very openly say that there. And we've always managed to get through these times together.

"I am very sure that if I am unhappy and dissatisfied, then my colleagues at Ferrari have double that amount of frustration, so I don't need to worry about that. The important thing is that they see the road ahead and know what to do, and I have full trust and confidence that we will get out of this slump."

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