Brazil is Sauber's best chance, says Nasr

Fri Nov 4, 2016 2:46am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Brazilian driver Felipe Nasr hopes his home Formula One race next week will finally give Swiss-based Sauber something to cheer about.

It has been more than a year, and a run of 22 races, since the 24-year-old Brasilia-born driver secured struggling Sauber's last points with ninth place at the 2015 U.S. Grand Prix.

With financial difficulties leading to a lack of pre-season testing and car development, 2016 has been one big blank for Nasr and Swedish team mate Marcus Ericsson.

Sauber, who have been in Formula One since 1993, have been last in the constructors' standings since Germany's Pascal Wehrlein finished 10th in Austria in July but Interlagos could change that.

"In terms of getting a point, in Sao Paulo as we know there is always a question mark on the weather, it can be anything – sunny or rainy on the same day," Nasr told Reuters in a telephone interview from Miami.

"And this could play into our hands, in terms of having tricky conditions out there or if the track is wet or dry enough.

"I would expect something like this that would help us score points because in normal conditions, on pure performance, we don’t have the car to achieve a top 10 finish.

"We need this combination and lets count on home soil too to bring us luck. It’s better to be positive than not," he added.   Continued...

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Sauber's Felipe Nasr during practice
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