Despite starting at the back of the grid, both Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat rescued points from Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
Ricciardo finished a remarkable eighth, having started on the back row of the grid, while Kvyat took the final point in 10th after starting 18th due to engine penalties applied before the race.
Both cars managed to survive the notoriously tight first chicane at Monza, and made gradual progress through the field during the course of the 53-lap race.
Ricciardo snatched eighth around the final corner of the last lap, passing Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson before the line.
“It was a great result for the team considering where we started and the characteristics of this track,” said the Australian. “It was sweet taking that eighth place on the last lap from Ericsson.
“To get eighth was like a podium for us.
“I am very happy with the chassis, the car was handling really well, and we were able to fight with a Ferrari and a Mercedes-powered car on a track where we lost out a lot on the straights. It wasn’t an easy weekend for us, but I think the race was positive and the energy in the team is good.”
But while Ricciardo’s race was eventful to the last, Kvyat said his was far less exciting.
He said: “Monza was always going to be a tough weekend for us. Our race wasn’t too bad considering where we started on the track, because of our penalties.
“I didn’t see much action during the race but it was a positive result to finish in the points, down to good teamwork. We’ll have to come back stronger in Singapore, where the track characteristics should suit us better.”
Team boss Christian Horner added: “Considering our starting positions for the race, it was a great job from both drivers today. Ricciardo’s last lap in particular, to take that place from Ericsson, was impressive. The team work and strategy were solid and, given the penalties we faced, getting both cars to finish in the points at this track is a positive result.”