Last Updated: 31/03/15 3:06pm
The best that can be said of Sauber’s wretched 2014 season is that at least it means that 2015 cannot be any worse.
Despite a deserved reputation for punching far above their weight in F1, the popular Swiff-based outfit failed to score a point and spent much of the year dogged by speculation that that they could follow Caterham and Marussia into the abyss.
Although they are yet to score a maiden victory under their own name, Peter Sauber's battle-hardened Swiss team have always possessed a reputation for producing well-engineered, reliable cars.
As an independent entity, which it was originally from 1993-2005 and again since 2010, podium finishes, let alone the prospect of challenging for race victories, were considered a distant dream.
But running at the front isn't an experience Sauber are completely unfamiliar with, having won the won the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix with Robert Kubica and finished second in the 2007 Constructors' Championship when bankrolled by German car giants BMW.
Yet the team remain, in the eyes of the public and paddock at least, very much an independent outfit, to be applauded for their ongoing capacity to stand toe-to-toe with some of the biggest names in motorsport.