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Felipe Nasr Delivers First Points of Season for Sauber in Brazilian GP

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Felipe Nasr put in one of the more heralded performances in a ninth place effort from the last row on the grid in a weather-plagued Brazilian Grand Prix.

The outing gave the 24-year-old his first finish in the points on home soil and Sauber’s first since the U.S. Grand Prix last year. The second-year driver avoided trouble that found several competitors and ran the entire race on the full wet tire compound en route the surprising finish.

“It was amazing, it was like a dream come true, I couldn’t have imagined a better way of scoring these two points at a home Grand Prix,” Nasr said.

“It was a difficult race for everybody, difficult conditions, but I was able to keep the car on track and hold off some quicker cars. With the weather being like this, I knew we could do it. I was surprised by the pace we had, keeping some quicker cars behind.

“It was a while since I scored my last points in Formula 1, it feels great. It tastes like a victory. From the difficult situation we were facing, I felt like we all deserved it. It’s definitely a boost.”

The finish boosts Sauber up to 10th in the Constructors’ standings, one point ahead of Manor.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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