October 13th, 2013 (F1plus).- Last weekend Sauber showed us that it was capable of turning its season around and improved, and this race in japan juts confirmed that through a double point finish.
Hulkenberg earned a great fourth place at Yeongam, and a sixth today at Suzuka, but having his teammate collecting his first points of the season by finishing just behind the German in seventh was definitely the best result for the team so far.
A nice present for the team founder, Peter Sauber, in his 70th birthday.
As expected, Gutierrez could not hide his happiness after achieving a result that had somewhat eluded him, and in a way it was pending. He had a couple of pairs of 11th and 12th place finishes.
“Finally I can feel great satisfaction after the race. It has been a lot of work to get up to this point and, while it has not been an easy path, I think it has been a very solid one.
“Over the past few races we have been improving a lot and, as I said yesterday, we have to keep optimistic and this is the result of that. Knowing we can achieve something like this, you really go forward and do your best and push.
“Even though the last few laps were very difficult with Nico Rosberg behind me, it was overall a great race. I want to thank the team as is has done a great job today. Also many happy returns to Peter Sauber on his 70th birthday.” Gutierrez declared after the race.
The Mexican teammate, Nico Hulkenberg keeps increasing his market value with another strong finish that once again included another good position defense.
“I think, we did everything we could today. I was already surprised by the pace of the car going to the grid as it felt really good.
“Again I managed to keep both Ferraris behind me for a long time, even if it wasn’t enough as my tryes just gave up a little bit at the end of the race. We were fighting throughout the race today.
“Just after my second pit stop I was surprised I was able to pull away a bit from Fernando (Alonso), but he was probably saving his tyres.
“It was a great team result with P6 and P7, and hopefully a nice present for Peter Sauber. I’m fairly confident we can fight for points again in India.” Hulkenberg said after the race.