Marcus Ericsson ended the first half of the 2015 F1 season the same way as he started it, with a point in the Hungarian Grand Prix to mirror the one he claimed in Melbourne back in March.

Sauber admitted that the Hungaroring circuit would not necessarily suit its C34, and qualifying positions on row nine for Ericsson and team-mate Felipe Nasr appeared to confirm the team's concerns, but the pair dodged the on-track drama and came through to finish tenth and eleventh, ending a three-race points drought for the Swiss team.

"It is nice we have scored at least one point on a track which does not suit our car well," Ericsson admitted, "The start of the race was not ideal, so I lost one position but, after that, I felt comfortable in the car straight away. On the strategy side, the team made the right calls at the optimal times and I think, overall, we did a good job. I am pleased to bring home at least one point before the summer break."

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Nasr was similarly encouraged, despite claiming that being caught in traffic mid-race compromised his strategy, but team boss Monisha Kaltenborn had praise for both drivers, who went into the race weekend buoyed by the knowledge that they were being retained for 2016.

"It was an eventful race in which it was important to stay focused and calm," Kaltenborn noted, "Both drivers have done this and gained one world championship point for the team from grid positions that were further back.

"We are now glad that this most challenging track lies behind us and, after the summer break, there are tracks which will suit our car better. In addition, we will go into these races with updates on the engine and chassis side. The data we have for these updates makes us optimistic, and gives us the potential to gain positions in the constructors' world championship."