Felipe Nasr is still pushing for 2017 F1 seat


Felipe Nasr Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Felipe Nasr’s Sauber F1 Team seat looks under pressure after he lost his Banco do Brasil sponsorship but the Brazilian driver is still pushing for a seat in 2017.

The loss of sponsorship has made it a lot harder for Nasr to secure a seat, but with Sauber yet to finalise their driver line up, everything is to play for.

“It doesn’t help, but I cannot change it now,” Nasr told Motorsport.com. “We have to work on a solution. But we know how time is crucial in F1.

“My priority is to stick here [at Sauber] if we can, so let’s work on it. Now that the championship is over, we can put our focus on that.

“Money still talks over talent. As I said, we’re still working on a solution, we’re still working on things that we can do from our side, and as long as there is still energy and the will to be here. We’ll try anything.”

Even though Nasr scored Sauber’s only points in 2016, the Brazilian could lose his seat while team-mate Marcus Ericsson has already secured a seat with the Swiss team.

“All I can say is I gave the team those two points. It’s the best sponsorship you can think of.”

“I really have to put things on the table,” he added. “I’m not closing the door to anyone right now. I’m really looking at the options and analysing them to see what is best for my future.”