Progressing to Q3 for the first time this season, Adrian Sutil believes his P10 will be “crucial for the motivation” as the team chases their first points.
This season has been a trying one for Sauber who, with three races remaining, are down in tenth place in the Championship.
The team is one of only two, the other being Caterham, who has yet to score a single World Championship point.
Sutil, though, is hoping to put that right this Sunday having qualified his C33 inside the top ten.
“It was a great qualifying,” said the German driver.
“In the morning we had a good free practice, and I felt comfortable with the car. The air and track temperatures went up a little in comparison to the morning, but the balance of the car was still good.
“We put in a great performance today, and we deserved to make it into Q3 for the first time this year. The entire team did a great job.
“I am pleased for everyone within the team as, especially in our current situation, this is an important result which is crucial for the motivation.”