Felipe Nasr: “I was able to recover some positions in the end”


Credit: Sauber Formula 1 Team

With low grip on the Medium compound, Felipe Nasr tried his hardest to keep the car out on track for the United States Grand Prix.

The Sauber Formula 1 Team driver started the Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in twenty-first after a disappointing qualifying session on Saturday. He was able to improve on this in the race as he finished in fifteenth behind team-mate Marcus Ericsson.

Like Ericsson, Sauber decided on a one-stop strategy for Nasr, in the end this helped him as he was able to recover the position he lost from his qualifying pace. He nearly saw the chequered flag in sixteenth but a late race pass on the Williams Martini Racing of Valtteri Bottas saw him move up.

“Starting from the back we decided to choose the medium tyres for the first stint,” said Nasr. “I tried all I could to keep the car on track at the beginning of the race, as I had low grip on that tyre compound.

“As soon as we saw the data, we knew that we could extend the stint and switch to a one stop strategy so I did my best to stay out on track as long as possible. Because of the one stop strategy, I was able to recover some positions in the end.”