Sauber drivers Ericsson and Nasr aim to score points in US

World © Octane Photographic Ltd. Sauber F1 Team C35 – Marcus Ericsson. Saturday 8th October 2016, F1 Japanese GP - Qualifying, Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan. Digital Ref : 1733LB1D6737

Sauber F1 Team drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr are looking forward to this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, and have still not forgotten last year’s crazy weather, when the heavens opened for a substantial part of the weekend.

Ericsson described the 2015 event as a “rather unusual United States Grand Prix due to the heavy rain”, whilst team-mate Nasr felt that the weather conditions led to “an exciting race”.

It was a bitter sweet race for the Brazilian at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) last year, who despite finishing in ninth place and bagging two vital points for Sauber, also collided with team-mate Ericsson on the opening lap, which led to the Swede’s retirement from the race. Nevertheless, the 24-year-old looks on the result fondly.

“Finishing in P9 was a nice achievement, bearing in mind that it was the 400th GP for Sauber.”

Both drivers are fans of the Austin track, and cannot wait to get their United States Grand Prix weekend underway. Ericsson commented on how he really enjoys this round of the F1 calendar, and the special atmosphere it brings.

“I am looking forward to going back this year, as I like this track a lot. It is a nice event at the circuit, and, as well as that, Austin is a great place to be.”

Nasr too is itching to get racing at COTA and is confident he can complete a similar result to last season, and hopefully get those first points of the year on the board for the Swiss squad.

“Thinking about this year, I am very much looking forward to racing on this great track again. I will do the best I can for us to achieve a similar result to last year, as scoring points is obviously our objective.”