The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team had a superb day at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on the streets of Azerbaijan. Charles Leclerc had a fantastic day as the Frenchman scored his first points as a Formula One driver.
Leclerc started Sunday’s race from 14th place and came through the carnage to finish the race in sixth place. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It was an amazing race today – I am very happy with my result. It was definitely eventful, with many incidents on track making it especially challenging and fun to drive. I felt comfortable in the car, and did my best to gradually advance to the front of the midfield through the race. It is an incredible feeling to score points for the first time in Formula 1. As a team, we can see our potential, and know what our strengths are. I am very pleased, and look forward to continuing on this positive path.
Marcus Ericsson finished the race in 11th and speaking following the race he said:
It was a difficult race for me. I was involved in an incident at the beginning of the race, and picked up some damage to the car. I was struggling to keep everything together after that, and I gave everything to catch up with my direct competitors. In the end, it was good to manage to finish in P11. As a team, we have scored points for the second time this season, which is very motivating, and our potential is becoming more clear with every weekend. We must keep up the good work now. I look forward to the next race weekend in Barcelona.
The Sauber F1 Team now have 10 points in the Constructors championship and are in ninth place in the standings just one point behind the Haas F1 Team. Speaking about the race, Sauber F1 Team Principal Frederic Vasseur commented on the event by saying:
We are very pleased with the job that we have done this whole weekend starting from Friday and then a good qualifying session. Charles scored his first points in Formula 1 today, finishing in P6. He had a strong pace and did a consistent job. It was a huge step for him to make and he can be proud of what he has achieved. Marcus put up a good fight. He was involved in an incident at the beginning of the race, which set him back and made it tough for him, however, he managed to recover and catch up with the midfield. He finally finished in P11 and was very close to scoring points. It is a great achievement for the team, not only for the points but also for the pace shown especially in the first stint. Now we have to stay focused in order to continue this good work.