Nasr: Hot conditions a Sauber weakness

By on Thursday, April 16, 2015
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Felipe Nasr says that Sauber must improve its pace in warmer conditions if it is to make progress, ahead of this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Nasr, currently seventh in the championship, scored points in Australia and China but finished outside the top 10 in hot conditions in Malaysia.

This weekend's race in Bahrain will begin at twilight, meaning that hot conditions are likely to prevail during the day, before ambient and track temperatures cool as the race wears on.

But the Brazilian rookie says that Sauber must address its weakness or risk being overhauled by rivals.

"We already suffered a bit from hot conditions on the beginning of the race [in China]," Nasr told reporters in Bahrain.

"[It's] clear our car struggles a bit more than some of our competitors when we have warm conditions on the track, we seem to struggle with traction and some instability on the car and it was clear to see in Shanghai the beginning of the race we struggled most with the rear tyres.

"As the race went on the conditions started cooling and at the end of the race we had our best pace and the car was handling a lot better. "

Despite Sauber's position in the championship, Nasr believes that the squad still has to make progress compared to Toro Rosso and Lotus, after a new front wing did not deliver the anticipated gains to the C34.

"Compared to Toro Rosso and Lotus we were struggling a lot on the traction side and of course we’re still not clear about the front wing as it was not any better than the old wing," he said.

"We’ll try both wings tomorrow [in free practice] on both cars and see what we’re going to choose on the weekend, everyone on the team was expecting more on the front wing to bring a few tenths to the car but it didn’t happen.

"Small things that can help on that direction, stability, braking, traction wise, it can be good but at the same time it’s already clear the chances to be in the points are getting difficult.

"We did the maximum in the last race and we need to do the same here, we need to maximise this to profit in the race in case any cars can’t finish, so we need to do that here to be on the points again."

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