Felipe Nasr: “It was not the right timing to swap positions”

Felipe Nasr - Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

Felipe Nasr bemoaned the lap 47 clash between himself and Sauber F1 Team team-mate Marcus Ericsson that ended both their afternoon in Monaco on Sunday, but felt the call from the pit wall to ask him to move over was the wrong one at that time.

Nasr was asked to allow Ericsson through but rejected the call, feeling that he was just beginning to get his Pirelli tyres up to temperature following a pit stop, but was then hit by the Swede who took matters into his own hands.

Following the race, Nasr revealed that he apologised to the team, and insists that the incident should not be replicated again.

“It is a shame that neither of us finished the race,” said Nasr. “It is the worst scenario that can happen for us as a team.

“Marcus and I were on different strategies, so his second pit stop was earlier than mine. My tyres started to get up to temperature, and I was catching the cars in front. For me it was not the right timing to swap positions.

“Suddenly, in Rascasse I felt my car being hit. It is surely disappointing for everyone as the whole team works very hard. I apologise for what happened. We need to make sure that this will never happen again.”