First championship points ‘taste like a victory’ for struggling Sauber team
Felipe Nasr says that scoring two points in his home race was as good as a race victory for his struggling Sauber team.
Nasr took advantage of the treacherous conditions to run as high as sixth after managing to stay on track and not change tyres under racing conditions. While he lost out to a handful of quicker cars that were recovering back up the order, Nasr held on to ninth place to secure Sauber’s first points of the campaign. The result moves the struggling Swiss team ahead of Manor in the Constructors’ Championship, and could be worth in excess of £20 million in prize money for this year.
“For us, this tastes like a victory,” said Nasr. “Having a car that was super-difficult to drive, in terms of [pure] performance it would have been impossible to be in the points, but in conditions like this, the opportunity comes to you and you have to take it.
“I never lost confidence in this team, I always had the faith that we could have done it and we all deserve it. After such a difficult year, these points mean a lot.”
Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn added: “These points were well-deserved and Felipe made it possible with an exceptional performance in front of his home fans. This gives everybody in the team a lot of joy.”