Japanese Grand Prix – Race

Japanese Grand Prix – Race

Weather: sunny and dry, 23-24°C air, 30-37°C track
Nico Hülkenberg: 6th
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
Start on medium tyres, after 10 and 29 laps change to hard tyres

“I think, we did everything we could today. I was already surprised by the pace of the car going to the grid as it felt really good. Again I managed to keep both Ferraris behind me for a long time, even if it wasn’t enough as my tires just gave up a little bit at the end of the race. We were fighting throughout the race today. Just after my second pit stop I was surprised I was able to pull away a bit from Fernando (Alonso), but he was probably saving his tyres. It was a great team result with P6 and P7, and hopefully a nice present for Peter Sauber. I’m fairly confident we can fight for points again in India.”

今日できること全てをやりきったと思う。グリッドへ行く途中で既にクルマのペースがとても良く感じられたから、びっくりしていたんだ。タイヤが消耗しだしていて、レース終盤には十分ではなかったけど、かなり長い間、フェラーリの二台を後ろに抑えておくことがまたできた。今日はレース中ずっと戦っていたんだ。2回目のピットストップの直後、フェルナンドからのギャップを広げられたことに驚いた。でも彼はきっとタイヤをセーブしていたんだろうね。6位と7位はチームとして素晴らしい結果だったし、きっとペーター・ザウバーへの素敵なプレゼントになったと思う。インドでもポイント争いができる自信を感じているよ。

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“This is a fantastic result for us, especially on Peter’s birthday. We hope he is happy with this. Both drivers, once again, put up a fantastic fight. It is further proof we are going in the right direction and gives us a lot of confidence for the remaining races, as there is a lot we can still fight for. Hats off to both drivers and to the team that did a great job both at home and here. On behalf of the whole team I would like to wish Peter Sauber a happy 70th birthday. Over the past 43 years motorsport has shaped his life. He established the Sauber F1 Team in Formula One as well as the Sauber brand in motorsport. Sauber is now the fourth oldest name in Formula One. Peter was able to achieve all of that from Switzerland, which four decades ago no one believed was possible. He founded a motorsport team, brought it to the highest level of motorsport and was able to compete continuously in Formula One for over 20 years. Sauber Motorsport today is a technology centre of the highest standard. Peter Sauber always focused on the interests of the team. For that he deserves the utmost gratitude and respect.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“This is our first double points score of the year and a fantastic result for the team. Some good strategy work saw us punching a little bit above our weight for most of the race. Esteban made a great start and had a fantastic first lap and it is really good for him to score his first points today. This has been coming for a while, we never doubted he would make it, and this is a well deserved seventh place. For Nico it was also a good race and he worked hard for his sixth. I hope the boss enjoyed this on his 70th birthday today.”

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