Silverstone Points Mean Historic Day for Sauber

Kimi Raikkonen and Nick Heidfeld gave the Sauber team a good reason to celebrate on Sunday after finishing in fifth and sixth places respectively, helping the Swiss outfit complete their most successful season since they made their Formula One debut back in 1993.

Silverstone Points Mean Historic Day for Sauber

Kimi Raikkonen and Nick Heidfeld gave the Sauber team a good reason to celebrate on Sunday after finishing in fifth and sixth places respectively, helping the Swiss outfit complete their most successful season since they made their Formula One debut back in 1993.

The Ferrari-powered team had scored 18 points in 1995, but the three points scored by their young drivers at the Silverstone circuit on today meant they have already scored 19 with six races remaining in the 2001 season.

Rookie Raikkonen continued impressing in his debut season with another brilliant drive which enabled him to scored his ninth point of the year and allowed Sauber to consolidate their fourth place in the Constructors' Championship ahead of both the Honda-powered teams Jordan and BAR.

"This has been a great day for us," said a delighted Peter Sauber, team boss. "In a way our fifth and sixth places against such strong competition are a consolidation of everything we have achieved so far this season.

"But at the same time they are also a product of the team's spirit and commitment, and the progress that we have demonstrated this weekend with our aerodynamic package.

"I am really happy for the drivers and the team that all the hard work that everyone has invested has paid off yet again."

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