It was a remarkable drive and result, in a car that was rarely a top-10 challenger, was a crucial result for the team. A few difficult races followed in Monaco and Canada but he was back in the top 10 in a crazy Azerbaijan race, picking up a point.
That was Pascal's final race of the year in the points, as Sauber continued to struggle with the development of their car and with the year-old Ferrari Power Unit. As other teams made considerable leaps forward, Sauber were taking small steps.
Nevertheless, Pascal didn't give up and was fully focused on getting the maximum from what he had at his disposal. Following a dip in form at the start of the second half of the season, the team gained some ground later in the year, but by that time, it was too late.
Pascal wasn't as happy with the handling of the car in the last part of the year, but still out-qualified Ericsson 11 times and finished ahead seven times over the course of the season. He also capped off the season with a feisty, memorable charge in Abu Dhabi.
It's easy to underrate his year-long performance, with only five points to his name, but Pascal did a superb job with the equipment at his disposal.