Sauber encouraged despite missing points

By on Sunday, July 27, 2014
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Sauber's pairing of Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez say they are encouraged by the team's performance at the Hungarian Grand Prix despite coming agonisingly close to their first points of 2014.

Sutil finished in 11th place, less than a second behind McLaren's Jenson Button, while Gutierrez ran inside the top 10 before a mechanical problem halted his C33.

"Finishing in P11 was very close to gaining one point," said Sutil.

"It was not an easy race, especially at the beginning with the difficult weather conditions and the two safety car periods. During the first safety car period we made our first pit stop.

"When I came to the box I had to wait as Esteban had not finished yet. I did loose some time, but I was fighting back. At the end I finished the race in 11th. In the corners I was faster than Jenson, but I could not overtake him as he did not make any mistakes and drove away on the straights. However, it was a positive day as we came closer to the teams in front of us, and this is what counts."

"The race started well, as I could gain positions during the start," added Gutierrez.

"I was pushing as much as I could, trying to drive very precisely and consistently. I was able to gain some positions and everything was going in the right direction.

"During the safety car period I came in for the pit stop, everything was right on target. After the restart, I was fighting with Kimi [Raikkonen] and trying to keep him behind. The pace was good and I was also able to keep up with the drivers in front of me. It was an unfortunate ending, but there are a lot of positives we can take from the weekend."

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