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Sauber eyes competitive run with Singapore upgrade

ESPN Staff
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Sergio Perez secured his third podium of the season at Monza and is now ninth in the drivers' championship © Press Association
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Sauber's head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall'Ara believes the team will be competitive at every race for the rest of the season, with an update planned at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Sergio Perez's second place at the Italian Grand Prix was Sauber's third of the season, but the previous two podiums were followed by tenth and ninth-placed finishes respectively. Despite being unable to follow a podium with another strong result so far, Dall'Ara believes an upgrade planned for Singapore will see the team continue to be competitive.

"Out of the seven upcoming races I expect [the Singapore Grand Prix] to be the most difficult for our C31," Dall'Ara said. "But we will have our next aero update in Singapore, which should help to compensate for this and still put us in a position for a strong race."

Kamui Kobayashi echoed Dall'Ara's confidence, saying even without the updates the car should be strong on the street circuit.

"After our great result in Monza, everybody in the team is very motivated," Kobayashi said. "Singapore is a truly special event. As a night race it has established itself as a real highlight. Personally I like the place. Also it's not too far from my home country, and there are always a lot of Japanese fans. The track is quite demanding with a lot of corners, and mostly slow ones. In the past this kind of track didn't really suit our car, but with this year's Sauber C31 things have changed. I don't see any reason why we shouldn't be competitive there."