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Wehrlein says Sauber car limited his performance

  • Published on 10 Dec 2017 14:12
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Pascal Wehrlein says that the poor pace of the 2017 Sauber car prevented him from showcasing his talent. The Sauber C36 was the slowest car in the pack, finishing the year tenth in the constructor's standings.

The car was running with a 2016 Ferrari power unit, but it will return to up-to-date engines next season, alongside a sponsorship deal with Alfa Romeo. However, Wehrlein will not be part of the journey as he was dropped by the team in favour of Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc.

"I was always giving my best," Wehrlein said. "I think that's the most important thing you can say about yourself. When the opportunity was there we took it.

"You can always do things better. With more experience you think, 'Ahh, one or two races ago I was doing this direction with the set-up. Now I know this was worse, I should have gone in this direction'. You always learn something. But I can definitely say I was always giving my best."

Wehrlein's best finish throughout the season was an eighth place at the Spanish Grand Prix. He picked up another point at Azerbaijan, but stated that he could have achieved much more for the team if the car was more competitive.

"In the second half the gap was a few times too big," he said. "Even if we had a good race in the second half of the season, you couldn't see it as the gap was too big. For example at Suzuka I was lapped by the second last guy. What can you do there?"

"We scored five points when we could score points, that's important. But probably in the second half of the season I had better races but you couldn't see it. Malaysia was one of them, we were close to Q2 and the race was quite good. [Brazil] was quite good in terms of performance. There we were not so far from Q2 I think, just one or two tenths."

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • I'm sad to see him leave.. Maybe he will return one day

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    • Dec 10 2017 - 14:47
  • mbmwe36

    Posts: 533

    Limited your performance?! Bitch please...

    By all accounts it's a matter of Wehrlein being overrated, and Ericsson being underrated. I wouldn't have minded if he'd stayed, but I won't miss him either.

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    • Dec 10 2017 - 15:55
    • denis1304

      Posts: 284

      Wehrlein had 5 points
      Ericsson had 0 points

      Stallion please...

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      • Dec 11 2017 - 08:05
    • mbmwe36

      Posts: 533

      So?

      That is cherry picking of the worst kind. Look at all the stats, and you'll get a much more nuanched picture.

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      • Dec 11 2017 - 09:31
    • denis1304

      Posts: 284

      Qualifying
      Wehrlein 13 - 7 Ericsson

      and Wehrlein missed first 2 races...

      Which other stat should we look at?

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      • Dec 11 2017 - 10:44
    • Orchide

      Posts: 82

      What about 0.05s average diff in qualifying.
      ERI > 5-10kg ~ 0.3s each lap.
      That doesn't mean ERI should have been quicker than WEH but it would have been interesting to see them fight with the same conditions.

      I actually thought it was 11-7? WEH didn't start the first 2 races.

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      • Dec 11 2017 - 13:47
    • There is no debate that Wehrlein was the better driver. The disappointment was in the fact that it was not more decisive, and there were not outstanding drives. Most people would agree that Ericsson is the weakest driver on the grid. I do, however, tend to agree with Wehrlein. I remember when Ricciardo raced for HRT, suddenly he didn't look as hot, but the car was so bad...

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      • Dec 11 2017 - 19:13
    • Orchide

      Posts: 82

      If you think Ericsson is the weakest driver on the grid then Wehrlein is just as bad, they were more or less even.

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      • Dec 11 2017 - 20:10
  • A talented guy but his bad attitude cost him more than any lack of speed.

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    • Dec 11 2017 - 00:00
  • boudy

    Posts: 1,168

    Normally there is a correlation between quality of car and the driver. When the driver shows he's out driving the car he gets a better drive. You can fill in what type he is by the fact of him getting a better drive.

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    • Dec 11 2017 - 08:41
  • Barron

    Posts: 625

    Sauber says “Wehrlein limited the cars performance”. Joking aside, I had time for the guy right up until he deliberately took out a rival on team orders in the last races of his DTM career...

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    • Dec 11 2017 - 09:26

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