Marcus Ericsson finished the Mexican Grand Prix just outside the points in eleventh, improving on from his performance in Austin.
The Sauber F1 Team driver drove one of the strongest races of the 2016 Formula 1 season, which saw him finish in eleventh. This was a good result for Ericsson, especially as he was caught up in the three way tangle with Esteban Gutierrez and Pascal Wehrlein on the opening lap, and from the incident, the Swedish driver had to pit to receive a new front wing.
Ericsson was worried that this was the end of his race, but his was able to continue and finish ahead of Jenson Button. The team are still very much looking for their first points of the season, to finish ahead of Manor Racing MRT in the Constructors’ Championship.
Ericsson believes his performance at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez shows the Swiss team are taking steps in the correct direction, and the team will take the positives of this weekend to the Brazilian Grand Prix.
“It was a strong race today,” said Ericsson. “The collision at the start was unfortunate, and, to be honest, I was worried that it was going to be the end of my race after I was hit.
“I managed to get back to the pits to fit a new front wing. We also saw on the data that the car’s floor had been damaged. We kept on going, and I managed to get back into the rhythm, so the pace was still good.
“Today we were close to the points, but just not close enough. We as a team take a lot of positives from this weekend. It shows again that we are taking steps in the right direction. We will fight back in Brazil.”