Felipe Nasr: “This result is the maximum we could have achieved”


Felipe Nasr - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

The Sauber F1 Team saw themselves drop to the bottom of the championship standings due to Manor Racing securing a point at the Austrian Grand Prix, with both Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson finishing outside the points again this weekend.

Nasr had run as high as seventh in the race at the Red Bull Ring despite having started at the back of the grid, but fell back to thirteenth when the pit stop cycle played out, and the Brazilian felt it was the best possible result for the team in the circumstances.

“Personally I am satisfied with my race, considering I started from the back of the field,” said Nasr. “In the first part especially I was running quite a lot of laps in the top ten. I had a decent pace on the Soft tyres.

“When the safety car came out it was too early to box for the Supersoft tyres, so we decided to stay out. Overall, this result is the maximum we could have achieved today. We can build on this. I am looking forward to the upcoming race weekends.”

Team-mate Ericsson was fifteenth at the chequered flag, and felt he did not have the pace all weekend long to be in contention for a points finish, and is now looking to focus on the British Grand Prix next weekend to break their duck.

“It was a disappointing race,” said Ericsson. “I think we just did not have the pace during the whole weekend.

“I was hoping that the lower temperatures would have helped us today, but that was not really the case. I was struggling a lot with my front tyres. Now we have to focus on the upcoming race weekend. We have a new chance in Silverstone, so we need to bounce back there.”