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‘Professional’ Nasr holds no grudge against team-mate Ericsson

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Felipe Nasr - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

After their collision during the Monaco Grand Prix, Felipe Nasr insists that he has nothing against Sauber F1 Team team-mate Marcus Ericsson, despite the Swede costing both drivers a race finish after a rash move at Rascasse.

Nasr was asked over the radio to allow Ericsson passed with the Swede showing more speed than the Brazilian, but when Nasr refused, Ericsson attempted to take matters into his own hands only to collide with his team-mate.

“The thing is the situation where we are we are always going to see the cars pretty close to each other anyway,” said Nasr. “So I never had anything against Marcus at all, so you have different cases in different teams but it was just the way it popped out in Monaco.

“It’s a track very difficult to overtake on. I was starting my race from the pit lane because I was starting with an old engine and an engine that was already over-mileage. I was doing my own race when it all happened, but as I said I have nothing against him.”

Nasr says everything within the team should be done professionally, and feels that the team should give him the confidence to be able to trust his team-mate when it comes to on-track encounters.

“To be honest I take it very professionally, I don’t mind at all,” insisted Nasr. “If the attitude and the word that is given is kept to in a way that we trust each other and we’ve got to be in the same environment then I take it in the best professional way possible.

“I don’t need to be best friends with anyone here, it doesn’t matter if it’s in Sauber or another team. I’m here to do my job the best I can, I’m here to give the team the best results I can give as a racing driver. That’s what I should concentrate on.”

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