30 October

Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday

Weather: sunny and dry, 13-19°C air, 24-55°C track

Qualifying ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez saw a different outcome for both drivers. Marcus Ericsson finished Q1 in P13 and, therefore, made it into Q2: He was P15 in the end. Felipe Nasr was not able to qualify for Q2 on the highest Formula 1 race track (2.300 metres above sea level), and ended in P19.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 15th in Q2 (1:21.536 min / supersoft tyres)
3rd practice: 16th (1:21.245 min / supersoft tyres / 21 laps)
“Another decent qualifying for us. We showed that we are working in the right direction, and it paid off. We can all be satisfied with today’s performance. We knew that reaching Q2 would not be an easy task, because the lap times were all close together. It was again nice that I was able to put in a good lap in Q1 and make the jump into Q2. P15 is a decent starting position, and I feel confident that we can continue our hunt for points tomorrow.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 19th in Q1 (1:21.692 min / supersoft tyres)
3rd practice: 22nd (1:22.354 min / supersoft tyres / 18 laps)
“Qualifying was not as good as I was expecting. Before FP3 we chose the identical set-up to the other car, but the outcome was completely different. In general I had a lack of grip in a lot of corners phases. At least the other car seems to work, so we have a reference there. I will focus on the race tomorrow, and I am quite confident that I can recover some positions due to the pace we had on the long-runs.”
posted at 08:47:50 on 10/30/16 by webmaster - Category: races