Impressive double Q3 finish for Sauber in the qualifying for the Brazilian...

Impressive double Q3 finish for Sauber in the qualifying for the Brazilian Grand prix

photo: Sauber

Sauber had an impressive qualifying for the Brazilian Grand prix where its both drivers Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc were in the top 10.

A dry Q1 saw Ericsson and Leclerc put in strong performances. However, phases of light rain at the beginning of Q2 added a twist to the plot. While Marcus had already secured his entry into Q3 and stayed in the garage as the rain continued to come down, Charles faced a different set of challenges. The rookie put in a stunning performance in the last minutes of Q2. He exited the pits on used tyres and in the rain. Charles gave everything he had during a final attempt to fight for a grid position in the top ten. Leclerc achieved his goal and joined Ericsson for the final round of qualifying.

With the threat of rain always there, the drivers set out to complete their final qualifying laps ahead of tomorrow’s race, eager to position themselves as far forward as possible. Marcus Ericsson delivered an excellent performance throughout, and finally qualified in 7th, celebrating his best career qualifying, while Charles Leclerc finished the session in 8th place.

Marcus Ericsson

“It was a great day for us as a team, with both cars at the top of the midfield – a super performance. I am happy for the whole team and, as for myself, this is the best qualifying I have had in Formula One. I managed to improve in every segment, even in these tricky conditions and didn’t make any mistakes. The car felt good and it is just great to deliver such a result for the team. With Charles just behind we have great starting positions for tomorrow, and I look forward to the race where we will aim to score some good points.”

Charles Leclerc

“What an amazing day for the team. Qualifying as best of the rest, with both cars having such strong results is an incredible achievement that we should all be proud of. I was very happy with my lap at the end of Q2, a bit less in Q3. Marcus did an incredible job today, and well done to him.”