Nico Hulkenberg's drive to fifth place the Italian Grand Prix from third on the grid was a superb effort from the man behind the wheel, but it would have been impossible had the Sauber not been significantly more competitive at Monza than has generally been the case throughout 2013.
The ultra-low downforce configuration of Monza certainly played its part. But while head of trackside engineering Tom McCullough accepts that, he also points to a recent upward trend at Monza.
He does not anticipate such strong weekends ahead, but does expect an improved end to the season for the Swiss squad.
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