Brazil race quotes: Sauber

Brazil race quotes: Sauber

Formula 1

Brazil race quotes: Sauber


Nico Hulkenberg – 8th: “It was a good race. I had a good start and nice battles in the first few laps. Then I was by myself for most of the race. The problem today was too much understeer. Because of that the front tyres were ruined pretty quickly, which cost us time. But finishing eighth is a solid result and it puts me in 10th place in the drivers’ championship, which I have never achieved before. That is a good feeling.”

Esteban Gutierrez – 12th: “Overall I feel positive. It’s been a great race and I enjoyed all the fights on track today. I had a good fist lap overtaking quite a few cars. We were struggeling a bit with the hard tyres in the first stint, but then managed to recover some time with the medium tyres during the second and third stints. So the way we approached everything today was good. It was still quite a challenge to manage the front graining we had and I was doing everything I could to try and compensate for that. All in all I have finished the season with a positive race. It was a season where learning and gaining experience have been the main topics for me, and I feel I did a solid job as a driver to take the next step forward for my performance.”

Monisha Kaltenborn, team principal: “A consolidating end to the season, which has been very difficult for the team. However the team has shown its morale in this difficult situation and together we will come back stronger. The foundation for a successful second half of the season was a strong performance from everyone in Hinwil and the race team, which translated into success at the track. The race today was typical of the season: despite a difficult starting point we were able to score four points and, therefore, have a satisfying end to the season.”

Tom McCullough, head of track engineering: “The rain just held off and, as planned, we had a two-stop strategy with both cars. With a lot of information that needed to be processed today, our strategy engineer did an excellent job. Finishing P8 and P12 is good, considering where we started from. After a difficult start to the season, we have improved our results in the second half. This was a team effort from everyone at the track as well as everyone back at the factory in Hinwil. They have all been working very hard to improve our competitiveness. A big thank you to everyone involved in that. We start a new era in Formula 1, and that is now our immediate focus.”

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