Frédéric Vasseur Pleased with Sauber’s Return to the Points in Singapore


Charles Leclerc & Marcus Ericsson - Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team - Marina Bay Street Circuit
Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

Frédéric Vasseur was pleased with the result of the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday as the team principal of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team saw Charles Leclerc score two points thanks to a ninth-place finish.

Vasseur was pleased to turn around their tough start to the weekend at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, with a combination of strong driving and good strategy seeing both Leclerc and team-mate Marcus Ericsson make gains on Sunday evening under the lights, although the latter was forced to settle for eleventh at the chequered flag.

With developments on the C37-Ferrari having already ceased as the team plans for 2019 and the arrival of Kimi Räikkönen, Vasseur insists it is important for everyone to remain focused on maximising the results across the remaining six races of the season, starting with the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom at the end of September.

“We are satisfied with our result today,” said Vasseur, who sees his team sitting ninth in the Constructors’ Championship on twenty-one points, just nine points behind Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda.  “After a tricky start to the weekend, we recovered well and qualified in decent positions.

“Our strategy was good and both drivers gave a strong and consistent performance in a very demanding race. Charles finished in P9 adding two more points to our tally, and Marcus was also close to finishing in the top ten.

“We have to stay focused and continue improving this way, and I look forward to the next Grand Prix in Russia.”