And although the mistake cost the team not one, but two point-scoring performances in Melbourne – Sergio Perez had driven to 7th overall, while Kamui Kobayashi finished the race in 8th place – team owner Peter Sauber made it very clear that no employee of his will be dismissed following the saga.
Needless to say, the first man in charge of the development and construction of the rear wing is technical director James Key, who has been with the team since last year (when he left Force India Mercedes). Having failed to supervise carefully the wing that was used in Australia, Key was rumored to potentially lose his job, especially since the 39-year old and Sauber left the team in Malaysia this week and traveled together back to Hinwil.
“For me, the wounds are definitely far from being healed,” admitted Sauber in a recent interview with the Swiss newspaper Blick, while insisting he will not make a drastic decision based on what happened in Australia. The team has also given up on their attempt to appeal the FIA stewards decision in Melbourne.
“I don't want to say anything about that,” he added. “But I will send a clear message – there will be no dismissals.”
According to reports, the Sauber employees at Hinwil are currently making the necessary adjustments to the rear wing, with the new parts to be carried by hand luggage back to Sepang.