Wehrlein ends Sauber’s points drought

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BARCELONA: Swiss-b a se d Sauber ended their For­mula One points drought on Sun­day with Pas­cal Wehrlein fin­ish­ing eighth in the Span­ish Grand Prix for the team’s first scor­ing fin­ish of the sea­son.

The re­sult, a ca­reer best for the 22-year-old Ger­man driver who missed the first two races due to a back in­jury, left strug­gling for­mer cham­pi­ons McLaren as the only team yet to score.

“It is very im­por­tant for the morale of the team,” prin­ci­pal Mon­isha Kal­tenborn said. “We did have very high hopes when we came into the sea­son, the car was not there where we ex­pected it to be.

“(The) Aero (depart­ment) has done a good job here. It’s the first step be­cause we only got very small bits and pieces (for up­dates) here but we al­ready got very pos­i­tive feed­back.”

Sauber, who are us­ing 2016 Fer­rari en­gines be­fore switch­ing next sea­son to McLaren’s cur­rent part­ners Honda, scored in only one race last year.

That ninth place for now de­parted Brazil­ian Felipe Nasr in the penul­ti­mate race at his home In­ter­la­gos cir­cuit was enough to se­cure them 10th in the cham­pi­onship, ahead of Manor who folded soon af­ter.

Eighth was Sauber’s best re­sult since Nasr fin­ished sixth in Rus­sia in Oc­to­ber 2015.

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