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Sauber fifth and sixth at Silverstone

Peter Sauber congratulates Räikkönen on his fifth-place finish

(Keystone)

Switzerland's Sauber motor racing team have enjoyed another successful outing, taking three points from Sunday's British Grand Prix and overtaking their previous best points tally from 1993.

Kimi Räikkönen crossed the finish line in fifth place, with German team-mate Nick Heidfeld coming in sixth. The two results marked a continuation of a highly impressive season for the relatively small Swiss outfit, which is now fourth in the constructors' championship, behind the giants of Ferrari, McLaren-Mercedes and BMW-Williams.

After Sunday's race, Peter Sauber said he was happy not only with the new record points tally but also with the manner in which his young drivers had eclipsed close rivals Jordan on the British team's home soil.

"The fact that we have been able to outrace Jordan here in England makes this latest success twice as beautiful," beamed the Sauber boss.

Kimi Räikkonen's Finnish compatriot Mika Häkkinen won Sunday's race for McLaren, the former world champion clinching his first Grand Prix victory in almost a year.

Michael Schumacher took second place in his Ferrari, stretching the German's lead in the overall standings to 37 points. Schumacher's Ferrari team-mate, Rubens Barrichello, finished in third spot.

swissinfo with agencies


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