24 July

Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday

24 July 2016
Weather: sunny and dry, 28-29°C air, 49-54°C track

The Sauber F1 Team finished the Hungarian Grand Prix in P17 (Felipe Nasr) and P20 (Marcus Ericsson). Starting positions from P16 (Nasr) and from the pit lane (Ericsson) led to a difficult race. Now the Swiss team is already on its way to the last Grand Prix in Hockenheim/Germany before the Formula One summer break.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Result: 20th. Start on soft tyres, after 17 change to soft tyres, after 45 and 62 laps change to supersoft tyres
“Starting the race from the pit lane was obviously a difficult beginning. After the race start I got stuck behind Rio (Haryanto). That was not ideal, as this track is in general difficult for overtaking. We tried to be a bit more aggressive on the tyre strategy. It was looking ok around the middle of the race, but a few laps before the chequered flag I had to pit again, as the tyres would not have lasted until the end of the race.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Result: 17th. Start on supersoft tyres, after 11 laps and 39 laps change to soft tyres
“A tough race for us. The beginning was ok, I gained one position after the first lap. But then after my first pit stop I got stuck in traffic, which slowed us down and cost us some time. Overall, I had decent pace during the race, especially on the soft tyres. We have to keep on working hard to become more competitive step by step.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We cannot be satisfied with this result. Looking at our starting positions it was already difficult from the beginning. We know that overtaking on this track is almost impossible. It was definitely not a trouble-free weekend. The car crew had to change Marcus’ chassis. And without speculating, it is questionable not sticking to the regulations (107% rule) regarding the starting grid. Nevertheless we are pleased to have more stability within the team from now on.”

posted at 20:49:00 on 07/24/16 by webmaster - Category: races