After encountering all sorts of problems and bad luck in the first six races of the 2010 Formula One season, the Turkish Grand Prix came as a relief to the Sauber team - but it knows that there is a lot more work to do.
For the first time this season, the Swiss team finished a race with both cars and, by being in the right place at the right time when Sebastian Vettel came off worst in his clash with Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, was able to scored its first championship point courtesy of rookie Kamui Kobayashi.
With veteran Pedro de la Rosa backing his Japanese team-mate up in eleventh place, Sauber is keen to keep the momentum going for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal next weekend, even if neither of its drivers has raced the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve recently.
“I have only been in Montreal once, and this was for the 2008 grand prix, which I attended as a reserve driver for Toyota," GP2 graduate Kobayashi revealed, "Obviously, back then, I had time to enjoy the atmosphere, and I have to say, in a way, it reminds me of Melbourne, with people partying and having fun over the weekend. I'm very much looking forward to racing in front of that crowd, and, after we had a reasonable race in Turkey, I really hope this is the beginning of a much stronger period in the championship for us - but we have to keep working hard to make this happen.”
Team-mate de la Rosa may have been around the F1 scene for a lot longer than Kobayashi, but hasn't driven on the Montreal track since before his team-mate was in F3.
“The last time I drove there was in 2005 - in a Friday practice," the Spaniard noted, "However, one of the most enjoyable races for me was the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix, when I was in the top five cars and fighting with Mika Hakkinen and some other guys.
"I think the layout of the Montreal circuit is good for exciting races, and it is definitely one of the tracks where overtaking is easiest. It is a track where you run less
downforce compared to previous races, and it is also one of the few tracks that has a distinctive personality."
The fast and challenging Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has played a fateful roll in the recent history of the Sauber team. In 2007, under the ownership of BMW, Robert Kubica suffered a horrifying accident there, but, just a year later, returned to claim his sole F1 win to date, as well as BMW and Sauber's only victory, as he led home team-mate Nick Heidfeld in a 1-2.
While both there have been many changes of personnel since then, with both Kubica and Heidfeld - as well as BMW - moving out, Sauber is hoping that the rate of attrition usually associated with Montreal can bring it some more points next weekend.