The Sauber team has made a Lazarus-like turnaround in a matter of races this season, emerging from the embarrassment of multiple double-DNFs at the start of the season to celebrating its first double points’ haul at the Hungarian Grand Prix, coincidentally on the same day as Switzerland’s national holiday.
Pedro de la Rosa improved on his ninth-placed starting position to finish a lapped seventh at the end of the 70-lap race, while Kamui Kobayashi drove a storming race, optimising the Safety Car interruption to climb to ninth, having started on the last row!
“I am extremely happy and I am especially happy for the team, who deserved a good result for all the hard work in developing the car so much further,” de la Rosa said after the race.
“After the start is was difficult for me but then the Safety Car came out at a good time and the team did a good job calling me in. My pit-stop went very well and afterwards it was more or less about keeping position,” he added.
Kobayashi continued along the same theme, and said: “I had a good recovery from my bad qualifying. My start was good and then after the Safety Car period it was important that I overtook Michael Schumacher because otherwise Rubens Barrichello would have caught me before the end.”
[Original image via GP Update]