Ericsson pleased with first ten races at Sauber, but regrets missed opportunities

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Marcus Ericsson feels pleased with his first half-season with Sauber in Formula 1, but admits that he regrets some of the missed opportunities in the opening ten races of the 2015 season.

After spending his rookie F1 season with Caterham in 2014, Ericsson joined Sauber at the beginning of 2015 alongside Brazilian driver Felipe Nasr.

Ericsson scored his first points in F1 at the opening round of the year in Australia, finishing eighth, but could only pick up two more tenth place finishes in the next nine races.

“I think it’s been a decent season so far, keeping in mind the team’s performance in 2014,” Ericsson said. “We had a good season-opener, finishing with both cars in the points. Obviously, in the last few races we were all a bit disappointed as we lost momentum.

“Overall, we have done a good job so far, but, of course, we want to score more points. For myself I think I have learned a lot. Coming to a more experienced team was a big step up for me.

“I am satisfied with my performance so far, but there are some missed opportunities that I regret. That’s how it is sometimes, but I learn from these moments.

“There is always room for improvement, and I will push to become better.”

Ericsson has already been confirmed at Sauber for the 2016 season, and the Swede believes that this will allow him to be more closely involved in the development of next year’s car.

“Every race weekend we speak to the trackside team and share our impressions of the current car,” he said. “As Felipe and I are confirmed for next year at this early point in the season, we can get much more involved in the development of the C35.

“That’s great. We can point the car in a direction we want. It is all about feedback and having a close connection with the people in the team.”