Marcus Ericsson: “It feels like we have taken a step forward”

Marcus Ericsson - Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

Marcus Ericsson finished sixteenth in the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, and despite never being in contention for a points finish, the Swede felt the pace was decent throughout the 53-lap event.

The Sauber F1 Team driver felt the team have made a significant step forward since they introduced the first upgrades of the season last weekend in Belgium, but was still unhappy to be fighting towards the back of the field at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

“It was a decent race,” admitted Ericsson. “It is surely disappointing that we could not fight for points higher up in the midfield.

“It feels like we have taken a step forward compared to the race weekends before the summer break, but we are not where we want to be yet.”

With Monza having unique set-up characteristics on the calendar, Ericsson is looking at the streets of Singapore in two weeks time as a good indication of just where Sauber are with its updates.

“Monza is unique in terms of the track characteristics with it being a high-speed circuit,” said Ericsson. “The track in Singapore requires much more downforce, so it will be interesting to see our potential there in regards to our package.”