Gutiérrez buoyed by maiden points
13 October 2013 – Esteban Gutiérrez was left feeling overjoyed after claiming his maiden Formula 1 points at Suzuka, the Sauber driver backing up team-mate Nico Hülkenberg in seventh to give the team its first double top ten since last year's Italian Grand Prix.
"Finally I can feel great satisfaction after the race," said Gutiérrez, who fended off Mercedes' Nico Rosberg in the closing stages. "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 before, 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."
The Hinwil-based outfit's breakthrough result coincides with Peter Sauber's 70th birthday, who handed responsibilities over to Monisha Kaltenborn last October.