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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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.