Marcus Ericsson: “We just did not have the pace today”


Marcus Ericsson - Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

Marcus Ericsson felt he executed his one-stop strategy during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix well despite being unable to better fifteenth position at the chequered flag.

The Sauber F1 Team driver was happy with his tyre management during the race under the lights at the Yas Marina Circuit, being the last driver to pit after starting on the Soft tyre, but Ericsson felt the lack of pace in his car was the reason to why he was unable to fight higher up the order.

“It was quite a challenging race,” admitted Ericsson. “We completed the 55 laps with a one-stop strategy, and I think we executed it quite well.

“Overall, I am satisfied with my performance today, but obviously the result does not show that. I managed the tyres well for a fair amount of laps, so I could push without too much tyre management. However, we just did not have the pace today.”

Ericsson heads into the winter break enthusiastic to move into the new era of Formula 1 in 2017 after his deal to remain with the Swiss team for another year being confirmed just prior to the weekend in Abu Dhabi.

“With the season finale we go into the winter break, during which we will recharge our batteries for 2017,” insisted Ericsson. “I am excited going into this new era of Formula One.

“A big thanks to everyone, both here at the track as well as in Hinwil at the factory, for a challenging and tough year. We have been sticking together and worked hard – this will make us stronger in the future.”