Sauber "relieved" after difficult weekend

Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn admitted she was very relieved after her drivers scored points in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Sauber "relieved" after difficult weekend
Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India and Marcus Ericsson, Sauber F1 Team
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber C34
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber C34 and Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM08 battle for position
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber C34 leads team mate Felipe Nasr, Sauber C34

Felipe Nasr finished in fifth place on his grand prix debut, while Marcus Ericsson came home in eighth place to give the team the first points since the 2013 season.

The result comes after a very difficult weekend for Sauber, which was embroiled in a legal battle with Giedo van der Garde.

"I'm very relieved," said Kaltenborn after the race. "It's a great result for the team. It shows how focused and hard the team has worked at home to prepare this car.

"The team and the drivers were extremely focused during the race weekend, and they were not diverted from anything around them. And it just speaks for the entire team."

With van der Garde and Sauber agreeing to continue talks to find a solution, Kaltenborn is now hopeful the team will be able to move on and focus on its job.

"I'm quite confident that it will be more about racing than about anything else," she said.

The team boss praised Nasr's performance after he scored the best result for a Brazilian on his F1 debut.

"He did the right things at the right moment. He managed his race very well. He's shown a fantastic performance."

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