18 September

Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Grand Prix – Race – Sunday

Weather: dry, 31-30°C air, 36-34°C track
The Sauber F1 Team saw the chequered flag for the Singapore Grand Prix in P13 and P17. At the night race on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, Felipe Nasr went from 16th on the grid up to P13, while Marcus Ericsson finished his 50th Grand Prix in P17, as he was on a different race strategy. Formula One is staying close to the equator with its next race in the neighboring country of Malaysia in two weekends time.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Result: 17th. Start on ultrasoft tyres, after 8 change to supersoft tyres, after 25 laps change to ultrasoft tyres and after 36 laps change to soft tyres
“It is obviously a disappointing result after starting the race from P14. The start was ok; then I was able to move up into P11 before the safety car came out. After the re-start I had a decent pace and was able to attack. Then we took a gamble on the strategy-side and went to three stops, which in the end did not work out. During my second stint I got stuck in traffic and, therefore, lost time. Now we need to look into it and bounce back in Malaysia.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Result: 13th. Start on supersoft tyres, after 17 change to supersoft tyres and after 35 laps change to soft tyres
“It was a challenging race. At the start we were a bit unlucky, as one car crashed into the barriers on the side of the grid I started from. I lost two positions because of this incident. Finishing the race in P13 was a good recovery keeping in mind that I started from P16. Overall, the two-stop-strategy paid off, and I think this result was the maximum today. Now I am looking forward to the upcoming race in Malaysia.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“Being in P14 and P16 on the grid gave us better starting positions than expected. It was unfortunate that Marcus’ race strategy did not pay off, and this was also because he lost time due to other cars in front of him. Felipe put in a good performance and extracted the maximum from his strategy.”
posted at 20:40:00 on 09/18/16 by webmaster - Category: races