It was a disappointing Brazilian Grand Prix for the Sauber F1 Team, with Felipe Nasr finishing thirteen and Marcus Ericsson sixteenth after being spun around at turn one by Pastor Maldonado during the race.
Nasr finished his home Grand Prix at Interlagos in thirteenth in a very special weekend for him, and run inside the points for part of the race but dropped back a number of positions in the closing stages due to his Pirelli tyres not being as strong as some of his rivals.
“It has been a very special weekend, not just on race day, but over the entire weekend,” said Nasr. “I felt a lot of energy from the fans, from my family, who were here supporting me, and from everyone else.
“I cannot wait to come back next year, and hopefully we can come back in a more competitive way. Talking about the race today, it was a tough one for us. The beginning of the race was pretty good, I managed to make up positions at the start, but after that we just couldn’t keep the other cars behind us. It’s one of those days where you fight, but didn’t get the rewards.”
After Lotus F1 Team driver Maldonado made a move on him causing the car to spin, Ericsson was forced to pit to check over his car, and eventually rejoined and finished sixteenth, having been lapped twice.
“I think it was probably the worst start of my F1 career,” said Ericsson. “As I had a lot of wheel spin and then almost dropped down to last. Despite this, the pace was good and I was making some nice moves, working my way up the field and catching the guys in front of me.
“Then, unfortunately, Pastor made a move on me into turn 1. It was just too late, he hit the back of my car, spun me around and we had to pit to check for damage. I lost around 30 to 40 seconds and, obviously, the race was then compromised.
Despite this I had a good pace, but we just lost too much time with what happened. Overall it was a disappointing day, but the pace was promising.”