Sauber: Tricky qualifying with a satisfying ending for us


A satisfying result for the Sauber F1 Team after an exciting qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix due to drying track conditions. Felipe Nasr managed to make it into Q3 and finished 9th, while Marcus Ericsson qualified 12th. Due to Daniil Kvyat’s (Red Bull) penalty, the Sauber F1 Team drivers will start the race from P8 (Nasr) and P11 (Ericsson).

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9) Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)

  • Qualifying: 12th in Q2 (1:10.426 min / supersoft tyres)
  • 3rd practice: 12th (1:11.058 min / supersoft tyres / 22 laps)

“It is disappointing that my lap time was not good enough at the end of Q2, although I felt comfortable in the car and the team made the right calls. The conditions were difficult today, but this was the same for everyone. Nevertheless, it is still a good starting position for the race.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12) Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)

  • Qualifying: 9th in Q3 (1:09.713 min / supersoft tyres)
  • 3rd practice: 17th (1:11.906 min / supersoft tyres / 9 laps)

“It was a great qualifying for us. Since the first free pactice we have gone in the right direction and saw that our car was competitive. The conditions were not easy today, but everyone in the team did a good job and put everything together. It is a satisfying starting position for the race, and I am confident about fighting for points.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal: “It was a good qualifying for us here in Spielberg. Both drivers were satisfied with the balance of the car in the practice sessions. Felipe and Marcus both showed strong performances in qualifying, and they will also move up one position each on the starting grid. It looks promising for the race.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering: “It was a tricky qualifying with a satisfying ending for us. The conditions in Q1 especially were difficult, due to a partially wet circuit. During Q2 and Q3 the track was then dry. In these circumstances it is always a question of timing – you have to send the drivers on track at the right time with the correct tyre set, that we largely succeeded in doing. Our performance is good and the result has exceeded our expectations. We achieved two good starting positions to be able to fight for points from.”