Peter Sauber has hailed his team’s Valencia performance as ‘very important’.
Kamui Kobayashi finished a combative seventh after having run most of the race in third place, a result which saw him overtake both Fernando Alonso and Sebastien Buemi in the dying laps.
“The performance was very, very important,” Sauber told AUTOSPORT.
He went on to praise his young Japanese charge, whose job had been on the line following a string of disappointing performances.
It shows that Kamui is fast, consistent and he is able to fight hard for the last laps of the race.
“Before, he had no possibility to show his talent, and for me there was still a big question mark about how good he was as a rookie. What he did in Valencia was therefore impressive
“On the other hand, you can only drive such a race with a good car – and now we have to find the right set-up to be faster in qualifying. Of course Kamui needs time to develop in all situations that is clear.
“But now I know he is fast. I think that is for me very, very important and for me it is really excellent.”