Marcus Ericsson: “It was too difficult to keep the pace up in the end”


Credit: Sauber Formula 1 Team

Marcus Ericsson believes the United States Grand Prix was a decent weekend for Sauber F1 Team, after he finished in fourteenth.

The Swede started the Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in sixteenth and progressed well up the grid. For a while it looked like Sauber would be able to gain their first point of the 2016 Formula 1 season after Ericsson ran in eleventh.

He was unable to manage this position and dropped down to fourteenth, where he saw the chequered flag. Where other drivers went for a two-stop strategy, Ericsson was on a one-stop strategy.

With taking steps in the right direction which nearly saw Sauber score their first point, Ericsson believes Sauber needs to continue this into this weekend’s Mexico Grand Prix.

“I had a good start moving up to P13 after the first lap,” said Ericsson. “It was a tough beginning to the race with some nice fights.

“On the soft tyres I had a decent pace. Then we decided to take a gamble and went for a one stop strategy. We knew it would be tight, but we felt that was the only chance to score a point. Therefore, my second stint on medium tyres was a long one.

“So it was too difficult to keep the pace up in the end. All in all, it has been another decent weekend as we are taking steps in the right direction. We need to continue with that next weekend in Mexico.”