23 May

Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying

Saturday, 23.05.2015
Weather: sunny/overcast, 18-19°C air, 24-29°C track
For the Sauber F1 Team the disappointing starting positions of 16th (Nasr ) and 18th (Ericsson) for the Monaco Grand Prix are not surprising after the practice sessions. Both drivers struggled to get the tyres to work due to little downforce.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 18th in Q1 (1:18.513 min / supersoft tyres)
3rd practice: 18th (1:19.269 min / supersoft tyres / 37 laps)
“It was a diffucult qualifying for us. Since the first practice session we have been struggling to get the tyres to work in these cooler track temperatures. I was a bit unlucky with some traffic, so I lost a bit of time in the last sector. But this can happen on the narrow streets in Monaco. We will do our best in tomorrow’s race.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 16th in Q1 (1:18.101 min / supersoft tyres)
3rd practice: 17th (1:18.767 min / supersoft tyres / 38 laps)
“We are obviously disappointed about being near the back of the starting grid. Looking back to the free practice sessions, we all knew it would be difficult for us. At the moment we have to make the best of our current package. Tomorrow we need some luck, but we are in Monte Carlo, and we know from previous races that anything can happen here.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“A disappointing result in qualifying. After the free practice sessions it was clear it would be difficult. However, we had been hoping for more. But on the street track in Monaco everything is possible. It will be crucial to have a troublefree race.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“We cannot be satisfied with this result. The time gap per lap to our direct competitors in front of us was reduced from FP3 to qualifying, but it was not enough for Q2. We all know overtaking is almost impossible here, but the race is long and the Monaco Grand Prix can be unpredictable.”

posted at 17:56:23 on 05/23/15 by webmaster - Category: races