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Good Saturday for Sauber

Both Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez made it to Q3.
Saturday, October 5, 2013

October 5th, 2013 (F1plus).- The Swiss team has managed to improve little by little with each race, and today’s Saturday qualifying is a sample of that.

Both drivers, Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez will start tomorrow race within the top ten, seven and eight respectively (both were promoted one spot with Webber 10-place grid penalty), their best team start so far this season.

Sauber has been the center of scrutiny for a long time now, and this result, even in qualifying, brings some joy to the team.

Team Principal, Monisha Kaltenborn, could not hide she was pleased.

“This was our best qualifying result this year, and so we are very happy about that. It confirms our strength and our performance shows we have improved the technical side of the car.” Kaltenborn said.

Sauber's most experience driver, Nico Hulkenberg, remains optimistic for tomorrows race.

“Today went really well. Q1 and Q2 were like clockwork and my lap in Q3 was good too, but somehow it was more difficult, I was four tenths down on my Q2 time and the grip was not the same as in the previous session. To start P7 tomorrow is very positive and we can look forward to the race.

“The car felt good during the long runs yesterday, and I feel confident we are able to hold our position tomorrow. It is so much fun driving here, however, we mustn’t forget the cars in front of us are strong and also we have the McLarens behind us.”

 The German said.

As expected, Gutierrez projects more optimism as he keeps his upward trend that is helping his case to continue with the team in 2014.

“The communication was very good today, a big thank you to the entire team. I’ve improved my qualifying and once you have both cars working on a similar level you can push yourself a lot more.

This is the first time I have driven here, so it is great to achieve a result like that. It is now the second time in a row I have been able to put in a good qualifying performance and that is a good feeling, because I have worked a lot to improve. The race will be interesting.

The track temperature changed in Q3 and I had a bit of an issue with the balance of the car, and the front grip. Tomorrow will be similar to today, so we need to consider that in order to have a consistent race.”

Gutiérrez declared after the session.

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