Felipe Nasr: “It is a shame qualifying ended that early for me”


Felipe Nasr - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Felipe Nasr was left as a frustrated spectator after seeing his Ferrari power unit in the back of his Sauber expire in spectacular fashion before he could set a lap time in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday.

The Brazilian was exiting the tunnel when a plume of smoke bellowed from the back of his car, but will now be forced to start from the back of the grid.

Nasr admitted that he felt vibrations on his C35 on the out lap from the pits, and then lost power as he went through the tunnel, and was left disappointed after having high hopes of a good qualifying beforehand.

“It is a shame qualifying ended that early for me,” reflected Nasr, who is still looking for his first points of the 2016 season. “When I left the pit lane for my out lap, I felt vibrations on the car. Then I lost power completely when I went on full throttle in the tunnel.

“I had a good feeling before going into qualifying, as we made the right changes on the car side. Now we need to focus on tomorrow. Thinking about the race, I am still positive as a lot can happen.”