Photo: Octane Photography
Photo: Octane Photography

Oh dear, the difference a year can make.

Last season saw their former man Sergio Perez take the final step on the podium. This season on the other hand, saw Canada not be so accommodating for the Swiss-based team, with both cars ending up crippled and out.

This season’s resident-Mexican for Sauber, Esteban Gutierrez, saw his race disintegrate just a handful of laps from the chequered flag, after a pretty underwhelming crash at the low speed turn 2. Smooth. Hulkenberg  meanwhile, was already punching walls and kicking tables in the teams hospitality unit (probably), after seeing his race earlier curtailed thanks to the front wing of Giedo van der Garde’s Caterham connecting with the Hulk’s left rear tyre, causing a puncture and further damage to the Sauber.

Despite misfortunes however, it’s the underlying weak pace in both race-trim, as well as one lap-trim, that is the worry for Sauber, who entered 2013 on the back of an impressive 2012 season and surely hoping for big points race in, race out. That role has been left to fellow midfield team, Force India, Hulkenberg’s 2012 team.

‘No regrets’, and all that…