Pujolar says points a bonus for Sauber but not essential

Sauber Felipe Nasr celebrate

Sauber’s head of track engineering Xevi Pujolar has played down the significance of the team’s first points of the season scored by Felipe Nasr at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Pujolar said that the two points scored on the day a Interlagos, which may be worth an extra $15 million to $20 million in prize money, will have no impact on the survival of the team.

“With or without points, the future of the team is assured. Obviously, it’s a nice bonus, so I think Monisha [Kaltenborn] must be very happy,” said the engineer, who joined the team in August after departing Toro Rosso.

Pujolar also revealed, “There has been some development of the car and also an evolution in the way we operate the team. We tried to change things based on our experience in other teams and I think there is more to come yet. It’s good to see that we are making progress, but there is something who need more time. 2017 will be a big step for us and I think we’ll be able to do this.”