Weather: overcast and damp/dry, 17-18°C air, 18-19°C track
In the United States Grand Prix the Sauber F1 Team was fortunate to have scored two world championship points in what was an exciting and eventful 400th Grand Prix for it. Felipe Nasr finished in P9. Marcus Ericsson was unlucky as his Sauber C34-Ferrari stopped on track due to an electrical failure.
The result of Sunday morning’s postponed qualifying for the United States Grand Prix was disappointing. Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr finished in P16 and P17, as both struggled to get the wet tyres to work properly in these conditions. Due to other drivers’ penalties, Ericsson and Nasr started the race from P14 and P15.
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 16th in Q1 (2:02.212 min / wet tyres)
Race: Start on intermediate tyres, after 16 laps and 19 laps change to soft tyres
“I had a good start. In turn 1 there was a car in front of me spinning, but I am glad I managed to avoid driving into it. I had to go off the track, so I lost some positions. After that I got into the rhythm and was able to overtake a few cars. The pace we had on the intermediates on the drying track was more competitive compared to all the sessions throughout the weekend. On soft tyres I was struggling a bit to get them to work. Then I had to stop the car on track, which was unfortunately due to an electrical failure. It was a big disappointment, as I think it was possible to have scored some points today.”
Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 17th in Q1 (2:03.194 min / wet tyres)
Race: Start on intermediate tyres, after 2 laps change to soft tyres, after 3 laps change to intermediate tyres, after 17, 26 and 42 laps change to soft tyres
“It’s been an eventful race. At least we scored two points in our 400th Grand Prix. I had a difficult beginning with front wing damage and what was a too early tyre change to slicks. I had to pit again one lap later to change back to intermediate tyres. From that moment on my race started. At the end of the race I was able to take a few positions by managing my tyres better than my competitors, and so finished in the points.”
Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We can absolutely not be satisfied with this weekend. It is not an excuse that one driver did not know the track before and we were not able to run many laps here. Almost everything that should not happen during a race happened. The result is fortunate, but we cannot count just on luck in the future.”