F1 rookie Felipe Nasr led a double points finish for the Sauber team, adding to his impressive debut in Melbourne with a mature drive to eighth in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Having qualified inside the top ten on Saturday afternoon, Nasr maintained a presence amongst the points positions for almost the entire 56 laps, only dropping out around the time of his two pit-stops. He appeared on course for ninth spot to add to the unexpected fifth he claimed in Australia four weeks ago, but was promoted one place in the closing laps as fellow rookie Max Verstappen fell victim to an engine problem on his Toro Rosso.

"It was a great day for the team, as both cars scored points, so I am very pleased for everyone," he said after completing a race in he ran two stints on the harder medium tyre, "It was not an easy race for us, as we were fighting against Lotus and Toro Rosso and they seemed to have a better pace than us, but I extracted everything I could from the car and the strategy, so we can be satisfied with this result."

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With team-mate Marcus Ericsson inheriting a hard-fought tenth spot on Verstappen's demise, it proved to be a fruitful afternoon for Sauber which bolsters fourth spot in the teams' standings - ahead of the likes of Red Bull, Lotus and McLaren - less than one year on from failing to record a single top ten finish.

"I think we can be satisfied with the result," head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall'Ara echoed, "We were targeting having both cars in the points and we finally achieved it, but the race was not an easy one.

"The tyre strategy was open until the end, so that's why we decided to go for a split second stint, but the drivers drove well and maximised the result. It's a good feeling for the whole team to be back in the points with both cars."