Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn reckons her squad can end their three race barren run in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Nico Hulkenberg will start from eleventh place, with team-mate Esteban Gutierrez in fifteenth.
“It was an exciting qualifying. The team improved significantly compared to yesterday. The fact that Nico didn’t make it into Q3 was tough luck. From where we are now, we have a good base for the race tomorrow and points should be possible,” she said.
Hulkenberg says the red flag, brought out due to Felipe Massa’s accident, hindered his progress.
“It was really bad luck today. I was on a good lap and could have made Q3, but then the red flag came out 200 meters before the finish line. But I think, after a difficult day yesterday, today we improved quite a bit and P11 is not too bad to start from – it’s close to the points,” he said.
Gutierrez is hopeful that a low downforce set-up will aid his progress.
“For the race tomorrow we are not sure about the weather, but I suppose it’s going to be dry. This can be good for us, because we decided on a low downforce set-up. Hopefully this will help us to overtake,” said the Mexican rookie.