Ericsson, Nasr upbeat despite missing points

By on Monday, May 2, 2016
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Sauber drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr were left satisfied despite extending the squad's point-less run at the Russian Grand Prix.

Ericsson started from the back of the grid but recovered to finish in 14th position, while Nasr was 16th, after being compromised by a slow puncture and a time penalty for abusing track limits.

"It’s been a decent race for me," said Ericsson.

"I had a difficult weekend as I have been struggling a lot to get the tyres to work on this special surface here.

"After the long-runs on Friday, we expected the car would behave better on high-fuel, which was the case.

"For myself I can be satisfied with my race performance. Obviously, the result is not where we want to be. We are struggling with our pace at the moment, but we just need to focus even more to work on our performance."

Nasr felt he was compromised by his slow puncture was nonetheless encouraged after sampling a new chassis in Russia.

"Unfortunately, on my first stint, I had a slow puncture on the left front tyre, which forced me to pit [early]," he said

"This early pit stop surely compromised my race. It is unfortunate, but I can also take some positives from the weekend as I felt comfortable in the car."

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