Felipe Nasr: “It was looking good on the first lap”

Felipe Nasr - Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

Felipe Nasr enjoyed his Mexican Grand Prix after being the only driver to take the start on the Medium compound Pirelli tyre, but felt the early safety car and some damage to his car compromised his running.

The Brazilian took his Sauber F1 Team close to the points before his pit stop at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, but fell to sixteenth at the chequered flag, although he moved up one place when Carlos Sainz Jr had five seconds added to his race time.

Nasr felt that he made an aggressive pit strategy for the race in Mexico, and felt that with a little more luck, he could have secured his team’s first points of the season.

“As I started the race on medium tyres, I was the only car on the grid to take an aggressive strategy,” said Nasr. “It was looking good on the first lap, as I was able to gain some positions, and also some of the competitors had started on soft tyres.

“I think I was unlucky with the safety car phase, which closed everybody back up together into a group. That did not help my strategy, but sometimes this is racing. Besides that, I had a damaged front wing as well as a turning vane, which compromised the lap times.

“Now it is time to think about the next race in Brazil. It is always a great feeling getting back home and racing in Interlagos.”