Weather: dry, 31-29°C air, 40-33°C track
It was a disappointing result in qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix for the Sauber F1 Team, as the drivers finished 16th (Nasr) and 17th (Ericsson). In terms of results, the new aero upgrade has not yet fulfilled its expectations. However, the first data from the aero tests shows potential that will need further investigation.
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 17th in Q1 (1:47.088 min / supersoft tyres)
3rd practice: 10th (1:47.568 min / supersoft tyres / 20 laps)
It was a disappointing qualifying for me, especially after my strong FP3. We would definitely have expected more. It was very tight in Q1. I was a bit unlucky with traffic, which compromised my performance. Now we need to analyse what we could have done differently and learn from that. We will start the race from the back, which is not ideal for a street track. Tomorrow is a new day we are going to fight as much as we can.
Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 16th in Q1 (1:46.965 min / supersoft tyres)
3rd practice: 18th (1:48.932 min / supersoft tyres / 20 laps)
As a team and also myself, we kind of expected to finish qualifying some positions higher. I have been struggling a lot to get the tyres to work. This has been my main limitation on the supersoft tyres. It was difficult to have a good balance on the car, and it seemed that everyone else picked up more pace in combination with the track evolution. It was also a very close competition. Now I will focus on the race tomorrow.
Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
A disappointing result. We expected more after FP3. However, the data from the initial analysis of the new aerodynamic package means we remain confident. We knew that the potential from this update could not be fully exploited on this circuit due to the track layout. The most important thing here in Singapore is to finish the race.