Adrian Sutil hailed Sauber's effort during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix as he achieved his best grid position of the season.
Sutil and Sauber have endured a difficult 2014, with neither party having scored a point.
But Sutil made it through to Q2 at the Hungaroring and he netted 12th place on the grid.
"It was an exciting qualifying," he said.
"12th is my best result so far this season. We were quite competitive today and so driving is much more fun. Although it was difficult to adapt my driving, as we had another set-up in the morning.
"It was not easy to put a perfect lap together. Finally, it was important to keep cool. My engineer and myself worked perfectly together. This result is very important considering our current situation. I am happy about the great team effort today."
Team-mate Esteban Gutierrez qualified in 14th position and was also encouraged by Sauber's progression.
"Overall it was a positive day for us" he said.
"I think the whole team did a very good job during the weekend. We explored the set-up quite a lot on Friday and we managed to put everything together for today.
"We need to keep going in this direction, as we found some tenths and we have come closer to the teams in front of us. Adrian did a very good lap at the end. On my last flying lap I got the yellow flags, so I had to interrupt my run and came into the pits immediately."