Adrian Sutil finished just 0.9 seconds back of 10th-place finisher Jenson Button during Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, leaving Sauber as just one of two teams yet to score a point in 2014.
A bizarre start to the race saw two Safety Car periods stirring up the order after Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson and Force India’s Sergio Perez both suffered substantial crashes on-track.
When the Safety Car pulled in after its second stint, both Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil were sitting in the points. Gutierrez was running in a solid eighth position before a problem with his Energy Recovery System forced him to retire from the race.
"During the safety car period I came in for the pit stop, everything was right on target," explained the Mexican. "After the restart, I was fighting with Kimi (Raikkonen) and trying to keep him behind. The pace was good and I was also able to keep up with the drivers in front of me.
"It was an unfortunate ending, but there are a lot of positives we can take from the weekend."
While Gutierrez sat in the garage, Sutil’s Sauber C33-Ferrari was able to continue, but the German began to lose positions to stronger-performing cars that had been caught out early on by the Safety Car.
Sutil found himself catching McLaren’s Jenson Button at the end of the race, but was not able to put up a fight against the Brit.
"In the corners I was faster than Jenson (Button), but I could not overtake him as he did not make any mistakes and drove away on the straights," said Sutil.
"Finishing in P11 was very close to gaining one point. It was not an easy race, especially at the beginning with the difficult weather conditions and the two safety car periods. During the first safety car period we made our first pit stop. When I came to the box I had to wait as Esteban had not finished yet. I did loose some time, but I was fighting back.
"However, it was a positive day as we came closer to the teams in front of us, and this is what counts."