Marcus Ericsson was satisfied with his performance during the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday as the Swede drove one of his strongest races of the year to finish twelfth.
The Sauber F1 Team driver ran as high as seventh during the early laps but was unable to retain a position inside the points, but felt the team have made a big step forward in their performance in recent races that has drawn them closer to the midfield pack.
Ericsson admitted he will not be completely satisfied until the team finally break into the points, and is hoping that his favourite track of Suzuka next weekend can be the first time either himself or team-mate Felipe Nasr take a top ten finish.
“I am satisfied with my performance today,” admitted Ericsson. “I had quite a good start and was able to make up some positions as I had a decent pace throughout the race.
“We have clearly made progress on the car side, which brings us closer to the midfield. Obviously, we were aiming for points, but we were not close enough today.
“By the way, my drinking system was not working, so I had to go through the whole race distance without any liquids. That was really tough!
“For the upcoming race weekends we need to keep up the good work. I am really looking forward to Japan, because it is my favourite track. I cannot wait to get there.”