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Sauber going in 'right direction' after double points finish

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sergio Perez: "I feel that for me today is a turning point in this season" © Sutton Images

Kamui Kobayashi is confident Sauber is going in the right direction after a brilliant drive from last on lap two to tenth at the chequered flag.

Kobayashi got a puncture on lap one which cost him a substantial amount of time and a set of soft tyres. From that point on he made just two more stops and still managed to finish in the points.

"I lost a lot of time on lap one today," he said. "After the start I was pushed into the gravel and then another car touched me, which resulted in a left rear puncture. I had to pit and was relegated to last, which of course cost us a very good set of the soft tyres. I had to do quite a long stint on the harder tyres, which was not easy, but overall the race pace was okay. I'm happy to have scored for the fourth time in a row, and think we are going in the right direction."

His team-mate Sergio Perez finished one position ahead in ninth, scoring his first world championship points.

"It was a tough race today and a hard fight for points," he said. "I'm really happy we made it. My first points in Formula One are obviously something special for me, and it is good for the team that Kamui also scored. The team had a very good race strategy and did a perfect job at the pit stops. I feel that for me today is a turning point in this season. We will continue well and score more points."