Post the free practice session, Sauber's team principal along with her peers met the press. Our motorsport correspondent Ajit Devadason had one particular question that hoped to shed some light on Sauber's history of sourcing talent only to pave their way to bigger teams, and their cushy stature of middle-row Kings.
Question to Monisha. Sauber have traditionally had a tendency to attract excellent talent, groom them and then pass them on to the big teams. Do you plan to change that?
Monisha Katlenborn: Well passing them on was not really our strategy, it just happened. So I wouldn’t really agree on that and say that we need to change anything on that. It’s true that historically we have been attracting young talent and it appears to be that we can provide them the right kind of platform that they can show their talent. Of course, in the last case now we would have also liked to continue with Sergio but he’s going to fantastic team, one of the more successful teams in Formula One and for us it shows that we can still provide that kind of environment to a young driver to show his talent. And how we can change? Simply by ourselves being more competitive.
Perez is not Sauber's first loss. Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen and even Vettel (during its stint as BMW Sauber) and Schumacher (who raced for Sauber during his sports car days) have set the precedent.
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