Felipe Nasr was left frustrated after failing to get a clean lap in during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, and ultimately was the slowest qualifier on Saturday.
The Sauber F1 Team racer felt he was on course to improve on his time on his final run only to encounter traffic at turn twelve, a common issue at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace due to the short nature of the track, whilst a misfire on his Ferrari engine cost him even more time on the run to the finish line.
Nasr will start twenty-first when Esteban Ocon takes his grid penalty for blocking Jolyon Palmer during qualifying, but is remaining positive about his chances during the race on Sunday, especially if the promised rain comes.
“I am very disappointed with this result,” admitted Nasr. “I was on a good lap until Turn 11. Then in Turn 12 I came across traffic, which cost me some time on the way up to the finish line.
“I also had a misfire at the end of this lap. My chances for a good lap time were over then. I am disappointed that I could not get a clean lap.
“Now I will focus on tomorrow. Anything can happen here because of the weather conditions. I will stay positive for my home race.”