It was a disappointing Monaco weekend for the Sauber F1 team, who came away from the streets of Monte-Carlo without a single point, after drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr collided with each other in the closing stages.
After being asked to let team-mate Ericsson by over team radio, Nasr refused to comply with team orders, which prompted the Swede to take things into his own hands instead. Moments later a wild lunge from Ericsson at Rascasse saw both cars collide, ending the Swiss team’s race with both cars having to be retired. The Swede has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix, having been deemed the main cause of the collision, which will not help his chances of a strong result in Montreal.
The incident prompted Sauber to write an open letter to fans, giving their side of the story over the team orders debate. In the letter the Hinwil-based squad describe what happened as being unacceptable, assigning blame between both parties, but ultimately concluding that decisions made during a race should and will always be made with what is best for the team in mind.
Talks have taken place to clear the air between the team-mates who are now looking to move on and focus on the next few races coming up in quick succession. Ericsson is in a positive mood ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend, despite his penalty, with the squad looking forward to racing as a team once again.
“I am looking forward to the upcoming Grand Prix weekends.
“Starting with the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, I like the track a lot as well as the atmosphere around it. It is a great event.”