Sauber’s Nasr seeks bounce back race in China

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Sauber’s Felipe Nasr dazzled on his Grand Prix debut in Melbourne, finishing fifth, but fell back to earth a bit with a 12th-place result in Malaysia.

This weekend in Shanghai, the Brazilian will look to return to the points at the track where he made his maiden free practice one appearance with Williams a year ago.

“Last year during the Chinese Grand Prix I had my first FP1 session with Williams. I have never raced on this circuit, but it is good that I have already got to know it,” Nasr said in the team’s pre-race release.

“The track has a combination of high-speed and low-speed corners, which is quite demanding for the tires and challenging to find a good balance for the car. Besides that, the circuit has a straight which is the longest on the whole race calendar. I believe this could be positive for us as we have a strong top speed.

“As the track has some low-speed corners, traction can be important as well. I am looking forward to a positive race weekend and to scoring points again.”

Sauber’s Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez qualified 14th and 17th in wet conditions a year ago. Gutierrez finished 16th while Sutil retired with a power unit issue.

Meanwhile Nasr’s new Sauber teammate, Marcus Ericsson, started and finished 20th in his first Chinese Grand Prix a year ago.