Felipe Nasr: “I extracted the maximum out of the car”


Felipe Nasr - Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

Felipe Nasr felt he got everything he could out of his car during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on Saturday as the Brazilian took nineteenth on the grid for the final race of 2016, which looks like being his last for the Sauber F1 Team.

The Brazilian, who scored the team’s first points of 2016 last time out in the Brazilian Grand Prix two weeks ago, felt positive that he was able to get everything he could out of his C35, and is looking to maintain the team’s position ahead of Manor Racing MRT in the Constructors’ Championship.

“I felt that I extracted the maximum out of the car today,” said Nasr after the qualifying session. “Although it was not enough to make it into Q2.

“I had a clean lap on my second set of Ultrasoft tyres, so putting in a decent lap time. It was positive that we were able to make the tyres work better than on my first set. Besides that, I again had a misfire on my quick lap.

“Thinking about tomorrow, we need to make sure that we maintain our tenth position in the championship. This is our clear objective.”