MAR­CUS ERIC­S­SON SAUBER DRIVER

Autosport (UK) - - F1/MEXICAN GRAND PRIX STORIES OF THE RACE -

Were points on the ta­ble to­day?

The start of the race was re­ally good, I kept the pace quite well. The main thing was that I kept the Mclarens be­hind, they couldn’t get close enough to pass. To run in­side the top 10 for the first 30 laps was re­ally good. We timed the pit­stop re­ally well. I think we could have been able to keep po­si­tion. Then the vir­tual safety car came at the worst pos­si­ble mo­ment for us and ru­ined our race. We lost out to both Mclarens and Massa.

How frus­trat­ing is it to come away with noth­ing?

It’s frus­trat­ing be­cause I’m still zero on points. I’ve had a few places like Barcelona, when [team-mate] Pas­cal [Wehrlein] scored, I also had a strong race but I was un­lucky with dif­fer­ent things. Then in Baku, I was run­ning in the points the whole race and then hav­ing to let Pas­cal by in the end.

Why has Sauber come on so strongly?

The last two week­ends, we have worked the tyres a bit dif­fer­ently, a bit dif­fer­ent tem­per­a­ture win­dows and that seems to be help­ing us quite a lot. From my side, we’ve got 7kg out of the car since Malaysia. That’s quite a lot of lap time ev­ery lap for me, two or three tenths de­pend­ing on the track. Also on the en­gine side, the Fer­rari guys have man­aged to get a bit more out of it.

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