Nico Hulkenberg says that he is very happy after having finished in fifth place in the Italian Grand Prix.
Hulkenberg started the race from third place and while he dropped two positions at the start, he was able to maintain fifth position and beat compatriot Nico Rosberg.
“It’s a great result and, after yesterday, another great performance by the team today” he said after more than doubling Sauber’s 2013 points tally.
“I am very happy and fifth was the ideal result. Despite starting third, it was always clear keeping the Ferrari and Red Bulls behind was not realistic. I lost two places right at the start, but then the pace was good and, especially towards the end, I was able to catch up quite a bit again.”
“I kept the Mercedes behind with Nico leaving no room for me making any mistakes. It’s a very nice result for the team, and finally we have some points again. I hope this will give us some momentum, so we can carry this form on to the next couple of races.”
Team-mate Esteban Gutierrez was thirteenth.
“The start of the race was quite reasonable,” he said.
“I gained one place, but the first corner was tricky. It was important to keep the car together. I was able to settle down well during the first few laps.”
“I was trying to manage the tyres as best I could, but, of course, you can’t compromise too much. Overall, it was a good race. Obviously, we cannot be happy, because it’s not a great result. However, the race was positive. Now we have to improve in qualifying, so we can start in a better position. I’m confident we will get there.”
Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn praised Hulkenberg’s drive but was also positive about the performance of Gutierrez.
“We are happy about such a great result,” she said.
“Nico fought hard and drove a fantastic race. The crew did a great job as well today. Esteban was held up several times and thus lost the chance to score points. Overall, however, he drove yet again a very strong race and showed he is constantly improving. We are pleased to see that, for the first time, the result reflects us making a step forward with the development of the car.”