Sauber was left to celebrate a double points score in its 300th Grand Prix after Pedro de la Rosa finally broke his duck to score for the first time this season.
The Spaniard enjoyed a solid weekend in Hungary, scene of his sole F1 podium, as he qualified inside the top ten and then raced to a seventh place finish – benefitting from the Safety Car period after losing out at the start of the race.
“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,” he said. “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.
“My car was okay during the race although I can see several things that we can learn from. We came here and did not expect too much on this slow circuit and now we have finished with both cars in the points for the first time this year.”
Team-mate Kamui Kobayashi produced a fine recovery drive as he battled through the field from 23rd on the grid to finish ninth and team boss Peter Sauber admitted it was a good way for the team to now head into the brief summer break.
“This result for the team's 300th Grand Prix is just great and a big relief,” he said. “It was a fantastic effort from the drivers and the team who all did a fantastic job. Congratulations to everybody!
“Pedro lost two positions following the start but then drove very consistently and fast and had no problems keeping Jenson Button behind him and scored six valuable points. We knew that Kamui is a good race starter, but what he did today was simply outstanding. He gained seven places on lap one and finally finished ninth coming from 23rd.
“With this result in the bag the summer break will be particularly sweet.”