Felipe Nasr: “I could not keep up the pace”


Felipe Nasr (BRA), Sauber F1 Team. Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Felipe Nasr had a difficult weekend in Spain, admitting that he didn’t believe the two stop strategy was right for him around the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

The Brazilian driver struggled to keep up with his Sauber F1 Team team-mate Marcus Ericsson, despite having a fairly good start off the line. Nasr ended his race in fifteenth, three positions behind Ericsson in twelfth, with the two Renault Sport F1 drivers between them.

“It was a difficult weekend,” said Nasr. “I had a good start to the race, and I was able to gain some positions on the first lap. I was surprised we did not change from our initial plan – a two stop strategy – to a three stop strategy.

I do not think the two stop strategy was the right choice, as I could not keep up the pace. The stint was too long on the medium tyres, and I lost all the track positions I gained at the beginning of the race. Now we have to look forward to Monaco.”

Sauber are not testing during the post-Spain test, meaning both he and team-mate Ericsson can put their full focus into the Monaco round at the end of May.