Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn says Nico Hulkenberg's P5 at Monza is a sign that the cash-strapped team is moving in the right direction.
The German put in his best qualifying performance as a Sauber driver at Monza on Saturday when he put his C32 up onto third place on the grid.
And although there may have been some concerns that he would plummet during the 53-lap grand prix, Hulkenberg lost just two places to finish P5.
The ten World Championship points were a much-needed boost for both the driver and his team with Sauber now on 17 points and eighth in the Championship.
"We could see in qualifying it wasn't looking bad, we were looking at maybe sixth or seventh but for Nico to drive like he did was fantastic," Kaltenborn told the BBC.
"We all need money, that's what the sport is about, we have got into a partnership and it allows us to move in the right direction.
"But these results show we are moving in the right direction and that's what we all need."
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