Shell Belgian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday


Scoring one point at the Belgian Grand Prix was the maximum the Sauber F1 Team could achieve. Marcus Ericsson put in a flawless performance, moving up to P10 at the very end of the race due to a puncture on Sebastian Vettel’s car. Felipe Nasr finished in P11. The Brazilian struggled with braking issues.

Weather: sunny and dry, 24-25°C air, 34-39°C track

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
Start on soft tyres, after 9 laps change to medium tyres and after 28 laps change to soft tyres
“First of all, I had a good start, managing to pass Daniil (Kvyat) with a good move into Turn 5. Quite early in the race we realised I had some debris stuck to the floor, which made us loose downforce in the first stint. We could not keep up with the competition, so we lost some ground, which was a bit frustrating. For the second stint we cleared the debris away and I was able to start to push more.

Even with that, the pace was not as strong as we expected. We were a bit lucky in the end, and we were able to score one point. For me it is great to be back in the points for the second race in a row.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Start on medium tyres, after 10 and 27 laps change to soft tyres
“It was a tough race for me. At the start I struggled with a lot of wheel spin, losing some positions. My race was compromised by braking issues. Besides that, I also got a slow puncture on the front left tyre during my last stint. There were many issues for me this time, but I am confident the upcoming race weekend in Monza will be better.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“It was a difficult race weekend, and we expected a bit more from it. During the race it was important for us to get through flawlessly. Despite having some issues, we still managed to score one point with a bit of luck at the end. With the Italian Grand Prix another highspeed track is waiting for us in Monza.”