Felipe Nasr was able to take some positives away from the Malaysian Grand Prix despite seeing his race end before the chequered flag with a brake issue.
The Sauber F1 Team driver was forced to take avoiding action around the spun car of Nico Rosberg at turn one, and thereafter attempted to make a one-stop pit strategy work, but a brake-by-wire problem saw him return to the pits with a handful of laps remaining to retire when already well out of the points.
Nasr now heads to the Japanese Grand Prix hopeful of a more competitive weekend, feeling the team are continuing to make progress this season, although they are yet to score a point.
“It was not a good day for me,” admitted Nasr. “After the start, in Turn 1 Nico (Rosberg) spun and I had to avoid running into him. I lost some time because of this incident.
“After that we were able to recover quite well and went for a one stop strategy. Unfortunately, I then had issues with the brake-by-wire system, which forced me to retire.
“There are still some positives to take from this weekend. Now I am looking ahead to the upcoming race weekend in Suzuka.”