Nasr not worried if Sauber finish behind Manor in 2016


Felipe Nasr - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Sauber’s Felipe Nasr believes it is not crucial that they beat Manor in the Championship, as much of the focus is on next year.

The Brazilian and his Swedish team-mate Marcus Ericsson have failed to score a single point this season and sit firmly at the bottom of the Constructors Championship, but after the recent takeover by Longbow Finance, Sauber can finally develop the 2016 car and look forward to 2017.

“Although we are giving this a shot to bring an update package in Spa, there is a lot already focused on the ’17 car, which is sensible considering where we are,”  said Nasr to Motorsport.com.

“But I still feel, you know, we still have plenty of races to try and score a point, and if we make the car work, perfect.

“I don’t think it’s that critical. But I’m not giving up, the team is not giving up, we do want to score points. We’ll do what we can.”

With a huge upgrade coming for the Belgian Grand Prix, Nasr believes it could be the best opportunity for the Swiss team to score points.

“We’ve got Spa, Monza… if the package is working, it’ll bring us in a much more profitable situation, to take advantage, it [scoring points] could be anywhere.  But, for a place that we don’t need as much downforce, maybe Monza.”