Felipe Nasr may very well know something few others know – or even believe about Team Sauber in 2015.
Nasr, who will begin his Formula One career next season with Sauber, believes his team is being overlooked and underrated by many in the F1 paddock, not to mention fans worldwide.
Swiss-based Sauber suffered its worst F1 season ever in 2014, not even scoring one point.
But while some may see Sauber’s glass as half-empty for 2015, Nasr, who finished third in the GP2 rankings in 2014, sees it completely differently.
In a recent interview with Brazil’s Globo Esporte newspaper, Nasr – who is bringing sponsor Banco do Brasil (which should bring financial stability) with him to Sauber – was quite adamant and optimistic about his new home.
“I didn’t want to join a small team that is not competitive,” he said. “Sauber has a good structure, serious people.
“It has a Ferrari engine and Ferrari has been improving a lot. I expect a more competitive team next year. I am excited and optimistic for these first two seasons with Sauber.”
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.