First cham­pi­onship points ‘taste like a vic­tory’ for strug­gling Sauber team

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Felipe Nasr says that scor­ing two points in his home race was as good as a race vic­tory for his strug­gling Sauber team.

Nasr took ad­van­tage of the treach­er­ous con­di­tions to run as high as sixth af­ter man­ag­ing to stay on track and not change tyres un­der rac­ing con­di­tions. While he lost out to a hand­ful of quicker cars that were re­cov­er­ing back up the order, Nasr held on to ninth place to se­cure Sauber’s first points of the cam­paign. The re­sult moves the strug­gling Swiss team ahead of Manor in the Constructors’ Cham­pi­onship, and could be worth in ex­cess of £20 mil­lion in prize money for this year.

“For us, this tastes like a vic­tory,” said Nasr. “Hav­ing a car that was su­per-dif­fi­cult to drive, in terms of [pure] per­for­mance it would have been im­pos­si­ble to be in the points, but in con­di­tions like this, the op­por­tu­nity comes to you and you have to take it.

“I never lost con­fi­dence in this team, I al­ways had the faith that we could have done it and we all de­serve it. Af­ter such a dif­fi­cult year, these points mean a lot.”

Sauber team boss Mon­isha Kal­tenborn added: “These points were well-de­served and Felipe made it pos­si­ble with an ex­cep­tional per­for­mance in front of his home fans. This gives ev­ery­body in the team a lot of joy.”

Nasr held on to a ninth place fin­ish

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