Marcus Ericsson: “We will learn and focus on the next race weekend”

by Gemma Bray

Sauber F1 Team driver Marcus Ericsson had a difficult weekend at the Mexican Grand Prix as he struggled throughout the race with brake issues.

With these issues, the Swedish driver was able to finish the race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez just outside of the points in twelfth, and is already focusing on the next race weekend in Brazil.

“Overall it was a decent race after a rather difficult weekend,” said Ericsson. “We were aiming for points, which did not work out with P12.

“However, I am satisfied with my performance and also with the strategy we chose. Throughout the whole race stint I had issues with the brakes, as they were overheating.

“It was a challenge to manage them, which compromised our performance. We will learn from that and focus on the next race weekend in Brazil.”

Ericsson’s team-mate Felipe Nasr experienced brake issues with his car as well but this led to his retirement from the Grand Prix. After the safety car, McLaren-Honda’s Jenson Button reported over his radio that the Brazilian’s brakes were on fire but the team decided to leave Nasr out on track, before pulling off the track moments later in the stadium section.

“It was a tough race. I was not able to finish the race due to brake issues,” said Nasr. “I did my best to manage them, but they got to a critical point.

“I had to stop the car in Turn 13. It is a shame, not only for myself, but also for the team as we all loose together. We need to find a solution for this issue.”

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