Sauber's recent improvement continued in the British Grand Prix, with Kamui Kobayashi securing the team's first top six finish of the season at Silverstone.

On the back of his strong run to seventh in Valencia, the Japanese driver was able to pick up more points to lift the team ahead of Toro Rosso into eighth place in the standings.

Kobayashi's points finish was based on a solid opening stint and a good strategy call from the team and he was pleased to bring the car to the finish in sixth place.

"I'm really happy, but actually I don't have much to tell. I had a very good start from twelfth, the team did a great pit stop and the race pace today was as good as I thought it would be. I was pretty confident before the race because I can really feel how the car is getting better and better now. I had no chance to overtake anybody this time, but I still enjoyed the race. I didn't find it especially hard, I didn't even sweat."

Team-mate Pedro de la Rosa meanwhile had hoped to join Kobayashi in scoring a top ten finish but he was race was ended when he was hit in the rear by Adrian Sutil, damaging his car to such an extent that he was forced to retire.

"Naturally I'm very disappointed," he said. "The car was quite good. I had some understeer, but nothing major. Right after the start I was racing alongside Rubens Barrichello and he pushed me wide in turn one. That was where I lost two places and dropped back to eleveth.

"But I was still racing for points when Adrian Sutil hit me from behind at half distance of the race because not everybody in front of me had stopped by then. Unfortunately the damage proved to be too bad to continue."

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