Showing the progress made in recent events, team boss Peter Sauber admitted he was disappointed at seeing Sauber pair Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa fail to make it into the final stage of qualifying at Hockenheim.
Kobayashi has scored points in the last two races after strong drives in Valencia and at Silverstone but fell just short of making it through to the final phase of the session as he qualified twelfth on the grid – three places ahead of team-mate de la Rosa.
“I am not happy because I should have gone through into Q3,” Kobayashi said. “The car was good and the performance in qualifying confirmed this. But on my second run in Q2 I had traffic and needed to slow down a bit.
“Obviously this wasn't good for the tyre temperatures and I had a lack of grip afterwards. However, from twelfth on the grid I should still be able to score points tomorrow.”
Sauber himself insisted there were still positives to take away from the session even if he felt his drivers should have been higher up the order.
“The positive aspect of today is the fact our car made another step forward with regard to performance, otherwise we wouldn't be able to compete at such a level,” he said. “However, it's disappointing we didn't make it into Q3.”