Pascal Wehrlein says he ‘could not be more happy’ after he secured Sauber’s first points of the season with eighth place in the Spanish Grand Prix.
A strong race from Wehrlein saw the team take advantage of the Virtual Safety Car and hold off heavy pressure from Toro Rosso in the form of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat.
“I am delighted,” says Wehrlein. “Really great race. I couldn’t be more happy with this race, really.
“The strategy worked out perfectly. At the end, Sainz put a lot of pressure on me and he tried to pass many times, but it was so important to keep him behind and to make a gap to the other guys behind him because I had a five-second penalty.”
The stewards handed Wehrlein a five-second post-race time penalty that dropped the Sauber from seventh to eighth behind Sainz after he failed to stay to the right of the pit entry bollard during his final pit stop.
“In the end, I just tried to make a bigger gap,” says Wehrlein.
“Every lap was like qualifying. In the first part of the race, the most important thing is to manage your tyres but still be quick. Overall a great race, a great job from the team. I’m really happy.”
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