Petrobras Brazilian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday, 15.11.2015

Weather: sunny/overcast and dry, 29-25°C air, 44-33°C track

A disappointing Brazilian Grand Prix for the Sauber F1 Team. Felipe Nasr finished his home race in P13, while Marcus Ericsson was 16th.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Start on soft tyres, after 12 and 32 laps change to medium tyres and after 53 laps change to soft tyres
“I think it was probably the worst start of my F1 career, as I had a lot of wheel spin and then almost dropped down to last. Despite this, the pace was good and I was making some nice moves, working my way up the field and catching the guys in front of me. Then, unfortunately, Pastor (Maldonado) made a move on me into turn 1. It was just too late, he hit the back of my car, spun me around and we had  to pit to check for damage. I lost around 30 to 40 seconds and, obviously, the race was then compromised. Despite this I had a good pace, but we just lost too much time with what happened. Overall it was a disappointing day, but the pace was promising.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Start on soft tyres, after 14 and 39 laps change to medium tyres
“It has been a very special weekend – not just on race day, but over the entire weekend. I felt a lot of energy from the fans, from my family, who were here supporting me, and from everyone else. I cannot wait to come back next year, and hopefully we can come back in a more competitive way. Talking about the race today, it was a tough one for us. The beginning of the race was pretty good, I managed to make up positions at the start, but after that we just couldn’t keep the other cars behind us. It’s one of those days where you fight, but didn’t get the rewards.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“A disappointing result, especially when you consider the starting position and the speed we showed. Marcus had a bad start, which lost him his rhythm and, unfortunately, Felipe was unable to make the most of his grid positon. At the season finale in Abu Dhabi the track should us suit better.”