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First points the result of hard work - Gutierrez

ESPN Staff
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Esteban Gutierrez: "Finally I can feel great satisfaction after the race" © Sutton Images
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Esteban Gutierrez says scoring his first Formula One points at the Japanese Grand Prix is the result of a long period of improvement over the last few races.

Gutierrez finished just outside the points in Singapore and Korea before finishing seventh at Suzuka. After 15 races for Sauber, the points mark something of a breakthrough for the young Mexican and he said they were the result of continuous improvement.

"Finally I can feel great satisfaction after the race," he said. "It has been a lot of work to get up to this point and, while it has not been an easy path, I think it has been a very solid one. Over the past few races we have been improving a lot and, as I said yesterday, we have to keep optimistic and this is the result of that."

Gutierrez said the performance would act as inspiration at future races.

"Knowing we can achieve something like this, you really go forward and do your best and push. Even though the last few laps were very difficult with Nico Rosberg behind me, it was overall a great race. I want to thank the team as is has done a great job today. Also many happy returns to Peter Sauber on his 70th birthday."