Former Sauber driver Felipe Nasr targets F1 return


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Former Sauber F1 Team racer Felipe Nasr is looking for a return to the Formula 1 grid for 2018, although admits he’s open to racing in other categories as he seeks to reinvigorate his career.

Nasr lost his Sauber seat at the end of last season, despite scoring the Swiss team’s only two points of 2016 after he finished ninth in the Brazilian Grand Prix, his home race.

“I still feel capable of being back in F1” Nasr told Motorsport.com, “and I’m looking at opportunities for 2018.

“Of course, F1 is Plan A, but there’s a lot of Plan Bs. It could be IndyCar, Formula E or WEC, these are all series that caught my attention.”

“I’ll definitely be looking to try all I can before I make any commitments or any decisions.”

Although Nasr’s focus is on finding an F1 drive, he conceded that the lack of seats available on the grid may hinder any chances of a return. After Manor Racing left the sport at the end of 2016 – ironically not helped by Nasr’s points demoting the former British team to last in the Constuctors’ placings – F1 only has 20 cars remaining.

“It would be nice to see one or two more teams around, not only for myself, but any up-and-coming driver that wants to step up to F1.

“But things can change very quickly as well. The important thing is I’m fit. I did everything I could to be ready for this year, and I know I can jump in any car any time, and show that I’m competitive still.

Nasr’s best result in F1 came on his debut after finishing fifth in the attrition-hit 2015 Australian Grand Prix, outscoring erstwhile team-mate Marcus Ericsson by twenty points during their time together at Sauber.