I GOT ALL I COULD FROM MY SAUBER CAR – NASR

Felipe Nasr, driver for the Sauber F1 Team, has insisted that he got all he could from his car, despite having finished in nineteenth place in the qualifying for the Sunday Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The qualifying held at the Yas Marina Circuit on Saturday, saw the Brazilian finish in nineteenth position in preparation for the final race of the year which might be his last for the Sauber F1 Team. Two weeks ago, the Brazilian had scored the first points in 2016 for the team back at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Nasr has however remained positive and hopes to maintain the position of his team as they prepare for the Manor Racing MRT in the constructors’ Championship. Nasr had talked about the qualifying and his hopes for the final race, after the qualifying session, “I felt that I extracted the maximum out of the car today. Although it was not enough to make it into Q2. “I had a clean lap on my second set of Ultrasofttyres, so putting in a decent lap time. It was positive that we were able to make the tyres work better than on my first set. Besides that, I again had a misfire on my quick lap. (more…)

PEREZ WILL BE EMOTIONAL

The Sauber driver Sergio Perez has said that the final race of the season – the Brazilian Grand Prix – will be extremely emotional because it will be his last race for the team before he makes the switch to McLaren for the next season. Sergio Perez has been signed by McLaren in order to replace Lewis Hamilton, who instead will be going to Mercedes. He has been at Sauber for the last two years, and he has thanked the support of the staff at all levels for his success with the team during this period. He has also said that his main aim in this final race will be to help Sauber overtake Mercedes in the constructors championship. Sauber have the ability to go fifth in the table ahead of Mercedes, who have been extremely poor since the Singaporean Grand Prix. They have failed to take at least point from any of the races since then, and Sergio Perez sees this as a perfect opportunity to move into the fifth position. Since the deal to sign for McLaren was announced, the performances of Sergio Perez has not been good. He has been involved in a number of incidents on the track, while many believe that he has lost his focus. However, Perez has denied such allegations and has said that he is fully focused on Sauber. “The Brazilian Grand Prix will be the last race of a very long season that has seen a lot of ups and downs, and it will be a very special event for me as it is the last race I will drive for my team of Sauber before I leave. It is a great team and I want to thank everybody for everything they have done for me over the last two years. I am sure it will be very emotional for me in Interlagos,” said Sergio Perez.

PEREZ LEFT DISAPPOINTED

The Sauber F1 driver Sergio Perez has said that the recently concluded Indian Grand Prix is a major disappointment for him personally. Sergio Perez was recently named as the replacement for Lewis Hamilton at McLaren. His performances the season has been one of the bright points for Sauber, but he had a number of problems in the recently concluded Indian Grand Prix. He had to retire from the race after having participated in only 20 laps. He has said that after the race that one of the main problems he faced was tyre blistering and the team was still unable to find the reason. Sergio Perez had to retire from the race after he damaged the car beyond repair following his clash with Daniel Ricciardo. His teammate Kamui Kobayashi also did not have the best race possible because he was stuck behind a slower car for the majority of the race. Despite having a rather quick car in the situations, Kamui Kobayashi found himself constantly mixed in traffic. The Japanese driver finished the race in the 14th position. He also made contact with the Williams driver Pastor Maldonado during the race, but was able to continue with some minor damage. "Today was a total disappointment. First of all I had to pit after 14 laps because the front left tyre was blistering badly. We don't know yet why this happened. I wanted to recover the lost positions but touched Daniel Ricciardo's front wing when I overtook him. The rear right tyre came off the rim and damaged something at the rear of the car. So my race was over after 20 laps," said the Sauber driver Sergio Perez. This poor result means that the team find themselves 20 points behind the German team Mercedes in the constructors championship with only a few races remaining.

Perez Demands Efficiency

Sergio Perez, the first Mexican driver ever to race in the Formula 1 circuit, has stated that his Sauber F1 Team must be more efficient when the sport returns from its month long summer break if it has to compete with the extremely competitive field of the sport. The Mexican has managed to pull off two podium finishes already in the season – a runner up finish behind Spaniard Fernando Alonso in the Malaysian Grand Prix and a third place finish Canada on the back of a one-stop strategy, but he believes that the team could have had more such results. Perez’s team mate at the Sauber F1 Team, Kamui Kobayashi has also echoed the feelings of his team mate, stating that he would love a finish on the podium as well. The team is currently rooted at sixth position in the Constructors’’ Championship but the disappointing finish for the team at the Hungarian Grand Prix in which neither of the two drivers were able to finish in the top 10 has prompted Perez to call for the team to be more efficient when the sport returns after its month long hiatus. Just some time back, the team racked up a staggering 20 points from the German Grand Prix and Perez’s demands for more efficiency refers to the off the track performances of the team that would keep it competitive and within the points. According to Perez, the first half of the season was brilliant for the team and him personally. He did, however, add that the struggles of team have been due to the fact that the Sauber F1 Team couldn’t make the most of situations that arose in front of them. He believes that an improvement from the team in terms of its efficiency will push the team higher up the table.