Marcus Ericsson finished as the lead Sauber F1 Team driver during the Bahrain Grand Prix as the Swede claimed twelfth place at the chequered flag.
Ericsson felt the race under the lights at the Sakhir International Circuit was fun due to the number of battles he had during the 57-lap race, but bemoaned the fuel saving he had to do in the final stages that lost him the chance of a top ten finish and points.
“The race was fun with a lot of fights,” said Ericsson. “The start was a bit unfortunate. I had a lack of power during the first lap, so I dropped down some positions. Therefore, I was then stuck behind some competitors.
“Once I got by them, I had quite a strong race. Unfortunately, during the last stint, when I was running in the points, we had to save fuel. It was really difficult to defend my position.
“Overall, it’s been a decent weekend on which we maximised our current package. Now we need to push hard to get our car more competitive.”
Team-mate Felipe Nasr finished two places behind Ericsson in fourteenth, and admitted he was still struggling with his car on Sunday on the back of his disappointing qualifying session on Saturday where he qualified last.
“Starting from the back of the field, it is positive that I was able to move up some positions,” said Nasr. “I did the best I could, but this result was the maximum today as I struggled again with the car.
“We have to analyse every detail in order to improve for the upcoming race.”