11 June 2018

2018 Formula 1 Heineken Canadian Grand Prix Race Sunday


The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team back in the points with Charles Leclerc


Weather: sunny and dry, 20-21°C air, 33-42°C track

The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team concluded a positive weekend at the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix with one car, driven by Charles Leclerc, finishing the race in the top-ten and the other in the top 15 with Marcus Ericsson. Both drivers gave a strong performance, and did a good job of managing their tyres on the demanding Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. After qualifying in P13 (Q2) on Saturday, Charles Leclerc drove consistently throughout the race, and moved forward, ultimately finishing in P10 and scoring a further point for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team. Marcus Ericsson also did a good job, and advanced during the race, finishing in P15, despite having to slow down in the first part of the race because of traffic. The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team currently holds 9th place in the Constructors' Championship, with Charles Leclerc in P14, and Marcus Ericsson in P17 in the Drivers' Championship. The team looks forward to the upcoming races with a boost in motivation and confidence after a successful weekend in Montreal.


Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
C37 (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Result: 15th. Start on ultrasoft tyres, after 1 lap change to supersoft tyres
"It was quite a difficult race for me. In the first half of the race, I struggled behind other cars and lost quite a bit of time. The second half was decent; we did a good job getting the tyres to last until the end of the race, which is a positive. The result is disappointing, and we have to work on improving in qualifying, as that is where I still have room for improvement at the moment. I am confident that we will find a way to improve in that area, and look forward to the next races."


Charles Leclerc (car number 16):
C37 (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Result: 10th. Start on ultrasoft tyres, after 19 laps change to supersoft tyres
"It was a good race today. I am very happy with the result - it has now been four races that we have been doing a great job, and have been improving consistently. I am proud of the team and the work that everyone has done. It was exciting to discover this track in Montreal, and I enjoyed driving here very much. Now we have to take what we have learned here and look to continue on this positive path for the next couple of races."


Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal:
"Overall it was a good weekend for us. We had one car in Q2 (Charles Leclerc) again - it was the fourth time in a row for us. The race today was also good. Charles managed to stay ahead of his competitors and fight his way forward, scoring a point for the team again. Marcus did a good job as well, but unfortunately got stuck behind another car after his pit stop. The team did a good job with a very fast pit stop again. Everything is coming together and looking positive, and good steps are being made as a team. We have to stay focused and continue working in this direction for the upcoming races." 


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