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F1 Canadian Grand Prix: Sauber to investigate Montreal lack of pace

Sauber will look into reasons for its failure to score points in the Canadian Grand Prix after both Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr ran into technical problems.

Sauber is to look into the problems that caused Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr to slip down order in the Canadian Grand Prix.

The pair eventually finished 14th and 16th in the 70-lap race, but suffered separate mechanical issues the clearly affected their performance. Ericsson made an early impact by racing wheel-to-wheel with Felipe Massa in the initial stages, but had to park his C34-Ferrari immediately after the chequered flag, while Nasr reported problems all afternoon.

“Marcus and Felipe did their jobs well in the race, and there are other reasons why we were not able to achieve a better result,” head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall'Ara confirmed, “Now we have to analyse everything; there is plenty for us to do.”

Ericsson refused to be downhearted after finishing 14th, despite having targeted points form his sixth row start.

“It was not a bad race for me,” he noted, “I had some nice fights but, at the same time, I had to defend my position. Overall, the car felt good to drive, but we just didn't have enough pace today. We were not able to fight for points the way we would have hoped for and now we need to look into the data and see what we can do that is better for the next race.”

Team-mate Nasr started two places further back, but lost places immediately as his car struggled to keep pace with those around him. With potential frontrunners out of place on the grid, the Brazilian was quickly demoted, compounding his woe.

“It was a difficult race,” he acknowledged, “The car was not easy to drive and we seemed to have a couple of issues. At the beginning of the race, I had a loss of power and, besides that, my brakes were overheating, so I had to sacrifice some lap time to recover them. There is a lot of data to analyse and understand.”

With two weeks to the Austrian Grand Prix, the team will hope to find the faults, but left Montreal frustrated at not being able to capitalise on a poor weekend for rival Toro Rosso, which also failed to score.

“A disappointing result,” team principal Monisha Kaltenborn concluded, “We certainly expected more, but unfortunately it did not work out. We need to analyse why we were not able to keep up with the pace of our main competitors...”

Tagged as: Canada , Sauber , ericsson , Nasr

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June 09, 2015 3:46 PM

richard: lack of pace was unusual, no matter what colour the cars are! when seb passed nasr, he was away like a scalded cat...and that was in a straight line. ok, i know that ferrari had an upgraded engine, but there must have been 100bhp at least in the difference. could it be that they are using a different ers system? sunny might know.
Sunny said no way for an engine manufacturer to provide 2 different specs.[\.] technically no. but these were new mods brought to montreal. sauber would have to send their units back to the factory to be updated, and probably there had been no time to do that. or maybe the engine mapping was more extreme and was not compatible to the sauber system of ers? but there is no doubt that there was in fact a huge disparity


June 09, 2015 6:20 PM

Richard, That pass on Nasr on the straight and the way the SF15T kept pulling away was amazing. I would like for others on here to go the extra bit when expressing themselves, this so as to minimize the confusion caused by being economical with words and thinking that others are on the same level mind wise. One example is, engine development are possible under two fronts, "reliability development" and "performance developments" by the way of using tokens. I will try (repeat) explain a bit better my opinion as to what was/has been and is still going on re engine (PU) developments. Since the start of 2014 season new engine developments has been taking place at every race weekend (50 alone last year between 3 manufacturers). Contrary to what is still being said up to today, no performance development tokens were used in Canada

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