Marcus Ericsson: “We still need to find more pace”

Marcus Ericsson - Credit Sauber Motorsport AG

Marcus Ericsson is hopeful for another enjoyable Mexican Grand Prix weekend in 2016 after his first appearance last year was a special one for the Sauber F1 Team driver.

The Swede had one of his more competitive weekends last weekend in the United States, running as high as eleventh before dropping back to fourteenth in the closing laps, and he feels the team still need to work on their car to be able to break into the top ten.

“I remember the atmosphere at the track and especially driving through the section from Turn 12 to Turn 16, which made us feel like we were in a football stadium,” said Ericsson. “The Mexicans gave us a warm welcome last season, and I am sure they will do so this year as well.

“Looking back to the previous race weekends, we clearly made steps in the right direction, but we still need to find more pace in order to fight for points.”

Team-mate Felipe Nasr is in agreement that the team are heading in the right direction, and hopes a breakthrough can be found to secure their first points of the season to help them leapfrog Manor Racing MRT in the Constructors’ Championship.

“At the Mexican Grand Prix it was great to see the grandstands full of people in 2015,” said Nasr. “The atmosphere at the circuit and in Mexico City was just excellent, so I am pleased to return this year.

“I am confident that we are keeping working to improve the Sauber C35-Ferrari, in order to make further steps to be more competitive.”