Both Sauber F1 Team drivers were unable to trouble the points during the Spanish Grand Prix, with Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson finishing down in twelfth and fourteenth positions respectively.
Nasr could only climb to twelfth after starting fifteenth, and admitted the car is lacking a significant amount of downforce that was costing them valuable time on track. Despite this, he feels he got the best result possible on Sunday.
“It was a difficult race,” revealed Nasr. “We have been missing some lap time on medium as well as hard tyres compared to our main competitors.
“We still lack some downforce, which compromised our race. Our two-stop strategy was overall a good choice. From my point of view, I took the maximum out of the car, so more than P12 was not possible.”
Team-mate Ericsson felt fourteenth was not a great result for him or the team, but like his team-mate felt there was no more that he could have given on track with the car as it is. He hopes to be able to get closer to the points again in the upcoming races.
“Overall, 14th is not satisfying, but I think we have extracted the maximum out of the car this weekend,” said Ericsson. “I had a reasonable start, but afterwards for a few laps got stuck a bit in traffic.
“It is a shame that we lost some time, especially during my first pit stop. We need to make sure to make the next races, and I am confident we will do so. Now we need to focus on the test days and try to make sure we improve the car for the next races.”