June 12th, 2013 (F1plus).- A bigger budget would help Sauber to emerge from its competitive crisis, team boss Monisha Kaltenborn has admitted.
The grey C32s were off the pace all weekend in Canada, and in the race both Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez retired after crashes.
Kaltenborn admitted that a bigger budget would help Sauber to pull out of its slump, but does not blame F1's 'show' for failing to attract more sponsors.
"The paradox is that the sport is very exciting, we are having very good races as a sport, so that part is working well," she told Brazil's Totalrace.
"On the other hand, it is very difficult to attract more sponsors, which has more to do with the global economic climate."
Kaltenborn admitted that Sauber's current situation would be "more comfortable" if the Hinwil based team was able to rely on a bigger budget.
"It's tough," she said, "and if we had more money, we could develop more quickly and probably get out of the situation that we are currently in.
"Now, we are always having to consider how much a new part is going to cost us."
Currently Sauber sits eight in the constructor's championship standings with only 5 points, by contrast, last year the team had 58 units at the same point with two podium visits (both for Perez) and was 6th in the standings.