Date: 3rd April 2014 at 9:18am
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Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn is confident that her team have identified the issues which has seen the team score no points after two races.

In Australia, the Sauber team showed that they had a reliable car with both Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez finishing the season opener, but unfortunately just outside of the points positions in 11th and 12th.

Heading into the Malaysian Grand Prix, Sauber would have been keen to up the performance levels of the car, but unfortunately rather than breaking into the top ten to score some World Championship points, both cars retired.

Having both cars retire is something that hasn’t happened at Sauber since the 2011 Italian Grand Prix. With both drivers suffering different mechanical faults to halt their race.

Sutil had retired after his Sauber had lost electric power supply and switched off, whilst Gutierrez was unable to select first gear during the pit-stop.

But despite the earlier season problems Kaltenborn remains positive ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend.

‘Melbourne was important because we finished with both cars and Kuala Lumpur a disappointment because we thought that we?d developed in the right direction. It was not meant to be. Nevertheless we will follow our route, as we believe in the end we will be successful. Now we will have to go through the data to see what the cause of our [performance] struggle was. We certainly have to do things on the chassis side, and we also have to see to the powertrain side. We have to work on both sides. Kaltenborn told formula1.com.

‘I hope it doesn?t take that long as we are pretty confident that we have identified where the issues are – hopefully.