The Sauber F1 Team have finally got themselves on the Constructors championship score board as Felipe Nasr finished Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, his home race in the points ending up in ninth place.
The result was not only an important one for the Swiss based outfit who have struggled financially throughout the season but also for Nasr as the Brazilian described finishing in the points like winning the race.
Nasr finished the event just ahead of McLaren Honda’s Fernando Alonso. The top ten finish also means that the Sauber F1 Team, by scoring two world championship points have moved above the Manor Racing team into 10th place in the championship.
The points also mean that all of the 11 teams competing in Formula One in 2016 have world championship points on the board heading to the final race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 27. Speaking following the race Nasr commented by saying:
I have no words to say how happy I am at the moment. When I saw the weather forecast for today, I knew it could be an opportunity. The opportunity came, and I was ready to go for it. We did an exceptional job today. The team was great informing me about the track conditions, while I was giving them my feedback. It was a tricky race, as the track conditions were very difficult at some points. In the end it was just an incredible feeling when I saw the fans in the grandstands cheering for me after the chequered flag. There is no better feeling than scoring these two important points on home soil. I could not have hoped for a better Sunday back home in Brazil.
Marcus Ericsson was left disappointed as he was forced to retire from the race and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
It was a very disappointing end to this wet race for me. The conditions on track were very difficult. I lost the car going up the hill on the way to the start-finish-line, because of standing water on the track – at the end I was just a passenger. I am very disappointed. However, Felipe did a great job today scoring two very important points for us. This is great for everyone in the team. I will fight back at the final race of the season at the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi.
Sauber F1 Team Principal Monisha Keltenborn commented by saying:
First of all, I want to thank the whole team at the track, as well as at the headquarters in Hinwil. Despite the difficult circumstances, the team has always worked very hard and believed in its skills with a strong belief – therefore, these points are well deserved. We knew that it would have been possible to score points in wet conditions, even from the back of the field – Felipe made it possible with an exceptional performance here in Interlagos. Ninth position at his home race in front of his fans gives everyone in the team a lot of joy. Marcus was unlucky in these difficult track conditions and retired. Now we will focus on the season finale in Abu Dhabi, where we will again fight for tenth position in the constructors’ championship.