In what is set to be his penultimate Formula One appearance, Marcus Ericsson has qualified a career-best seventh for the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Ericsson was yet to best his ninth place starting position from the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix but will start from sixth at Interlagos once Daniel Ricciardo takes his grid penalty.
As well as starting from the much sought after best-of-the-rest position, Ericsson out-qualified his much-lauded team-mate Charles Leclerc by less than two-tenths of a second.
“It was a great day for us as a team, with both cars at the top of the midfield – a super performance,” said Ericsson. “I am happy for the whole team and, as for myself, this is the best qualifying I have had in Formula One.”
Despite intermittent rain throughout qualifying, Ericsson was faultless and the strong team performance puts the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team in a great position for points come race-day.
“I managed to improve in every segment, even in these tricky conditions, and didn’t make any mistakes. The car felt good and it is just great to deliver such a result for the team.
“With Charles just behind we have great starting positions for tomorrow, and I look forward to the race where we will aim to score some good points.”