Felipe Nasr: “I was close to making it into Q2”


Felipe Nasr - Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

Felipe Nasr was disappointed to lose some crucial lap time in the final sector that ultimately cost him the opportunity to progress into Q2 at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday, with just 0.048 seconds separating the Brazilian from progressing.

Jolyon Palmer was the driver to ultimate deprive the Sauber F1 Team driver from making it through, with Nasr only getting one opportunity to set a time after being one of two drivers to have a lap time deleted for track limit offences at Raidillon.

Nasr will move up to sixteenth on the grid when Esteban Gutierrez takes his grid penalty, and the Brazilian knows that anything can happen as the team continue to chase their first points of the season.

“I was close to making it into Q2,” said Nasr. “I put in a decent lap at the end of Q1, but I just missed some lap time in sector three, as I struggled with the grip, especially on the rear, in the last corner.

“On the first try my lap time was deleted because I went on the inside kerb exceeding the track limits in Turn 4. On my second and last try I was able to improve, but it was not enough for Q2.

“It will be a long race tomorrow; there is lot that can happen.”