Sauber man Pedro de la Rosa has set his sights on finishing in the points following a strong performance in qualifying for the F1 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix.
de la Rosa made a good start to the weekend in practice on Friday and he maintained that momentum on Saturday, getting through Q1 and Q2 and eventually securing P9 in the shoot-out for pole.
It is only the second time this year the Spaniard has managed to get into Q3 and it matches his previous best achieved at the British GP at the start of July. He is now determined to make the most of it and hopefully open his points account for the season.
"I am happy with my performance but, more importantly, I am very proud of the team. The car was really good," de la Rosa said. "My position proves how much progress the guys from Hinwil have made with the car, especially to make it quicker in slow corners.
"They just kept their heads down and worked hard, and they have turned it around. Tomorrow I will try and stay out of trouble at the start and during the first lap, and then I will certainly fight for points."
Team boss, Peter Sauber and technical director, James Key meanwhile were both happy for the Spaniard, although with team-mate Kamui Kobayashi eliminated in Q1 – and then picking up a five-place grid penalty for failing to stop for weighing at the end of that session – it was a somewhat mixed day for the Swiss squad.
"Being ninth was a good performance by Pedro," Sauber noted. "Congratulations also to the team as it was able to find a very good set-up on a track which we didn't expect to suit our car."
Key added: "Pedro put in a very good performance that got us through to Q3. It was very close in the end. Ninth is okay, and it is just a few tenths away from the times of the guys in front."