• Turkish Grand Prix

Point confirms improvement - Sauber

ESPNF1 Staff
May 31, 2010 « McLaren orders were 'not clear' - Hamilton | »
Kamui Kobayashi just scraped through for a point in Turkey © Getty Images

Peter Sauber said his team's first point of the season is proof that it has made significant steps forward since updating the car in Spain.

Kamui Kobayashi's 10th place finish at the Turkish Grand Prix broke Sauber's duck in 2010 and both cars made it to the chequered flag for the first time. Ultimately, Kobayashi only secured the position because Vitaly Petrov fell back through the field with a puncture, but Sauber was confident it marked a turning point for the team nonetheless.

"Looking at the whole weekend it's clear we were able to confirm the upward trend which we saw in Barcelona. Of course we were lucky in the race, but we finished with both cars and finally scored a well deserved championship point."

Pedro de la Rosa finished 11th directly behind Kobayashi, but said he had been told not to attack his team-mate who was struggling for grip.

"Certainly I would have been fighting at the end if it hadn't been my team-mate in front of me," he confirmed. "Our team needed desperately to bring both cars home and score this point. You have to be careful taking risks and this was not the time to attack and risk losing everything. It is better this point stays with us rather than going somewhere else. We finished this race being competitive and this is very good."