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Mexican GP: Race notes - Sauber

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30/10/2016

The Sauber F1 Team finished the Mexican Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in P11 (Marcus Ericsson) and P16 (Felipe Nasr). Due to a penalty for Carlos Sainz after the race, Felipe Nasr gained one position, moving up to P15. Both drivers completed the 71-lap race in Mexico City with a one stop strategy. The 2016 FIA Formula One Championship will continue in two weeks time with the penultimate race of the season: the Brazlian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo/Interlagos - the home race for Felipe Nasr.

Marcus Ericsson: "It was a strong race today. The collision at the start was unfortunate, and, to be honest, I was worried that it was going to be the end of my race after I was hit. I managed to get back to the pits to fit a new front wing. We also saw on the data that the car's floor had been damaged. We kept on going, and I managed to get back into the rhythm, so the pace was still good. Today we were close to the points, but just not close enough. We as a team take a lot of positives from this weekend. It shows again that we are taking steps in the right direction. We will fight back in Brazil."

Felipe Nasr: "As I started the race on medium tyres, I was the only car on the grid to take an aggressive strategy. It was looking good on the first lap, as I was able to gain some positions, and also some of the competitors had started on soft tyres. I think I was unlucky with the safety car phase, which closed everybody back up together into a group. That did not help my strategy, but sometimes this is racing. Besides that, I had a damaged front wing as well as a turning vane, which compromised the lap times. Now it is time to think about the next race in Brazil. It is always a great feeling getting back home and racing in Interlagos."

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal: "We can be very satisfied with our performance today. Finishing in P11 confirms that we are working in the right direction. With such a performance under these difficult conditions, the team should have been rewarded with a point today. Marcus again had another strong performance and Felipe took the maximum out of his strategy. We are very confident about the next two races."

Check out our Sunday gallery from Mexico City, here.

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