Under the radar: Nasr gets sixth in Russia for Sauber F1

Felipe Nasr of Brazil steers his Sauber around the Sochi Autodrom Formula One track.

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Felipe Nasr was one of the unsung heroes of the Russian GP as he earned sixth place, the best result for both the Brazilian and his Sauber team since he finished fifth in Australia.

Nasr was the last driver to change tires, and he briefly ran as high as second as others stopped. He crossed the line in seventh, but gained a place when Kimi Raikkonen was penalized.

“I’m very happy I have to say, it’s been a long time that I haven’t been so up there,” he said. “I was surprised how quick the car was today, especially on the supersoft. We were able to pull away quickly and the time was coming quicker and quicker. The team did a fantastic job strategy wise, and I’m so glad we brought such good points for the team.

“I think the race was intense, from the beginning to the end. People are just pushing all the way, because we have a very particular way that the tires work here, and I think you see the cars going more extreme here as well, working harder the brakes, and everything else, engine and so on. It’s a track where it’s possible to overtake. I’m glad that the race also came a bit to our side, so I have to be satisfied.”

Nasr said that the result would provide the team with a good boost: “It’s been tough, struggling with getting the car up to speed, and finally we had things coming together this weekend. It’s important for everyone in the team, it gives them more motivation. I’m sure they’re working hard on the 2016 car. Also for myself those results are the ones that matter.”

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