Weather: dry and sunny, 22-20°C air, 45-37°C track
The Sauber F1 Team finished the third race of the 2016 FIA Formula One Championship, the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit, in P16 (Marcus Ericsson) and P20 (Felipe Nasr) . A very interesting and eventful race, where all 22 cars were able to cross the finish line.
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Result: 16th. Start on soft tyres, after 4 and 28 laps change to medium tyres
“I think it was a decent race, I made a good start, and had a good first lap. When the safety car came out, we went for a bit of a gamble and decided to try to do the rest of the race on just two stints of medium tyres. But it felt like we didn’t really have the pace we hoped for on the mediums. We have to analyse everything and see if we could have done something different strategy-wise. In our situation you sometimes need to try to take a chance and it could have worked out. Apart from that, I think it was a strong race, with no mistakes from my side. I felt like the driving was good, but we still need to find some more performance in the car.”
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Result: 20th. Start on soft tyres, after 1 lap and 20 laps change to medium tyres and after 40 laps change to soft tyres
“It was a difficult race for me this weekend, especially as it was compromised after the start at turn 1. I got hit, which resulted in my front right tyre having a puncture and in a nose change. That cost me a lot of time in the race, because I couldn’t recover the lap I lost in the safety car period. So this meant, I had a lot to catch up in the race. Anyway, I still feel that we have a lot to do in the car to bring back the pace, because I am still struggling with the same issues that I’ve been having in the last couple of events. I have confidence in the team that we can get the performance back.”