22 August

Shell Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying

Saturday, 22.08.2015
Weather: sunny and dry, 21-24°C air, 28-41°C track

The result in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix was not as expected for the Sauber F1 Team. Marcus Ericsson made it into Q2 and will start the race from P13, while Felipe Nasr qualified in P16.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 13th in Q2 (1:49.586 min / soft tyres)
3rd practice: 15th (1:51.054 min / soft tyres / 20 laps)
“First of all I want to thank the team for its great effort in putting the car together over night. The result from qualifying is a bit disappointing. On the other hand, it is positive we made some progress this weekend in comparison to the last couple of rounds. FP3 was not as satisfying as we expected after the strong Friday. We made some changes for qualifying and went in the right direction, but in the end it was not enough to put us where we wanted to be. Starting from P13, we still have a good chance to score points.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 16th in Q1 (1:49.952 min / soft tyres)
3rd practice: 14th (1:50.690 min / soft tyres / 17 laps)
“A disappointing qualifying for me. I am surprised I was not able to make it into Q2, which was possible today. The first run in qualifying felt good, but then on the second I didn’t have enough grip. We need to analyse and understand what happened. We are in Spa so anything can happen tomorrow, as this track also offers good spots to overtake. I am confident I can move up some positions tomorrow.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We tried out different things on the car side during Q1 and Q2, and we went in the right direction. Unfortunately Felipe could not make it into Q2, whereas Marcus had a decent qualifying. Now we have to concentrate on the race, because the chances to score points are there.”

posted at 21:42:00 on 08/22/15 by webmaster - Category: races