It was a rather solitary Sunday drive for future Scuderia Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc in Brazil, but one which delivered a “best of the rest” performance and valuable Constructors’ points to Sauber.
The 21-year-old Monegasque – who qualified P8 at Interlagos but started 7th thanks to Daniel Ricciardo’s grid demotion – fought at the top of the midfield for the entire duration of the 71-lap race, never putting a foot wrong: “It was fun to drive on this track and adding more points to our tally to solidify our 8th position in the Constructors’ Championship is a positive feeling for the whole team,” said the Ferrari-bound driver.
His positive sentiment was echoed by team boss Fred Vasseur although the Frenchman lamented the retirement of Marcus Ericsson who enjoyed his best qualifying performance ever on Saturday: “Charles finishing the race in 7th place is a good step forward in consolidating P8 in the championship,” said the Frenchman – “We do however leave Sao Paulo with mixed feelings, as Marcus had to retire from the race. After a contact with another car, there was damage to his floor and front wing, which made it impossible for him to finish. Nevertheless, our pace is good, and we are fighting for positions in the championship. Our progress continues, and this is a reward for the hard work done at the track and at the factory in Switzerland over the course of this year. I look forward to finishing the season in strong form in Abu Dhabi.” – he concluded.