Saturday, 23 May 2015

Disappointing qualifying for the Sauber F1 Team in Monaco

(Sauber F1 Team)

The Sauber F1 Team endured an extremely difficult qualifying session for tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix as Felipe Nasr will start the race in 14th place while Marcus Ericsson will start the race from 17th place.

Speaking following the session Marcus Ericsson commented by saying:

It was a diffucult qualifying for us. Since the first practice session we have been struggling to get the tyres to work in these cooler track temperatures. I was a bit unlucky with some traffic, so I lost a bit of time in the last sector. But this can happen on the narrow streets in Monaco. We will do our best in tomorrow’s race.

Felipe Nasr commented on his session stating:

We are obviously disappointed about being near the back of the starting grid. Looking back to the free practice sessions, we all knew it would be difficult for us. At the moment we have to make the best of our current package. Tomorrow we need some luck, but we are in Monte Carlo, and we know from previous races that anything can happen here.

The Swiss based outfit head into the Monaco Grand Prix in 5th place in the championship on 19 points so it will be tough for them to score points in the race but in Monaco absolutely anything can and usually does happen. Speaking following the session, Sauber F1 Team Principal Monisha Keltenborn commented by saying:

A disappointing result in qualifying. After the free practice sessions it was clear it would be difficult. However, we had been hoping for more. But on the street track in Monaco everything is possible. It will be crucial to have a trouble free race.

The Hinwil based outfit’s Head of Track Engineering Giampaolo Dall’Ara commented by saying:

We cannot be satisfied with this result. The time gap per lap to our direct competitors in front of us was reduced from FP3 to qualifying, but it was not enough for Q2. We all know overtaking is almost impossible here, but the race is long and the Monaco Grand Prix can be unpredictable.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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