Sauber: Monza proof we've made step
11 September 2013 – Nico Hülkenberg's fifth place finish in the Italian Grand Prix proves Sauber has made a step forward with the development of its car, team principal, Monisha Kaltenborn has said.
The Swiss-based outfit has had a difficult year on – and off – the circuit and prior to the event at Monza, had scored only seven points, with Hülkenberg’s eighth place in Malaysia the highlight.
The twelfth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship, however, went better than the team could have imagined, and after qualifying in third place, Hülkenberg made the most of it to score ten points and finish ‘best of the rest’ after the two Red Bulls and the two Ferraris.
“We are happy about such a great result and we are [also] pleased to see that, for the first time, the result reflects us making a step forward with the development of the car,” Kaltenborn confirmed. “A big thank you to the race team here in Monza and the team back in Hinwil.”
“Nico fought hard and drove a fantastic race,” she added. “The crew did a great job as well today.
“Esteban [Gutierrez - in contrast] was held up several times and thus lost the chance to score points [in the sister car]. Overall, however, he drove yet again a very strong race and showed he is constantly improving.”
Tom McCullough, Sauber’s head of track engineering, meanwhile was equally enthused by Hülkenberg’s performance.
“It’s a fantastic result for Nico, who withstood pressure from Nico Rosberg throughout, and didn’t put a foot wrong," he continued.
“Finally he was rewarded for the fantastic job he did on Saturday. On this track our car’s race pace was stronger than in recent races and that should put a smile on a lot of faces here and in Hinwil.”