The Sauber F1 Team endured a tough opening Grand Prix of the 2016 season in Australia as Marcus Ericsson who started the event from 15th place on the grid retired from the race and speaking following the event where he scored points last season season the Swede commented by saying:
“It was not a good day. When the race was interrupted, I had an issue with one tyre warmer on the pit lane. It could not be removed as quickly as usual, so I got a drive through penalty for that. After the race resumed, I felt that something was wrong with the left rear tyre, so I went back to the garage. Sometimes these things can happen. We will look into it to be in a better shape for the next race weekend in Bahrain.
Felipe Nasr who also scored points for Sauber here last year qualified for this year’s race in 17th place and ended the race in 15th place one lap down on race winner Nico Rosberg and speaking following the race, the Brazilian commented by saying:
Overall it was a difficult race for us. We struggled with our pace compared to our competitors. It was clear during the race that I could not keep up with the cars in front of me. It was good that we could gain important data from the C35, and we need to analyse every detail to find performance in the car. We have to improve the C35 in different areas. I think we have a lot of work ahead of us.