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Marcus Ericsson: “I am definitely not happy with P18”

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Marcus Ericsson - Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

It was another disappointing afternoon for the Sauber F1 Team, with Marcus Ericsson struggling to eighteenth and Felipe Nasr retiring from the German Grand Prix.

Having started with both cars on the back row of the grid, Ericsson could only advance to eighteenth, ahead of the delayed Jolyon Palmer and Rio Haryanto, but was unable to keep the second Manor of Pascal Wehrlein behind him.

Despite the lowly finish, Ericsson felt it was a relatively decent race, feeling he did what he could in the difficult circumstances the team find themselves in at present.

“Bearing in mind that we started from the last row, it was a decent race,” said Ericsson. “It was a good start during which I could overtake some cars going down to turn 1.

“But then one car in front of me had a moment and braked a lot. I had to brake as well, and fell back to last position after the first corner. That was disappointing after having a good start.

“I am definitely not happy with P18, but we knew it was going to be a difficult race. We did what we could.”

Team-mate Nasr also made a good start from the very back of the field, capitalising on cars running slowly through the first turn to jump a number of positions, but was forced to retire before the end with a power unit related issue.

“It was not a good day for me,” revealed Nasr. “My start went well, so I was able to gain a few positions. I felt my tyres were losing grip quickly. We lost some time during the first pit stop, as my call to pit came too late.

“Towards the end of the race, I suddenly lost power. I had to stop the car due to a technical issue. It is a shame to finish a race this way, but this is also part of racing sometimes.”

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