Felipe Nasr has called on Sauber to make it through a difficult patch and be patient until updates for the C34 car arrive at the Belgian Grand Prix in August.
Nasr made his Formula 1 debut at the beginning of the season in Australia, where he finished fifth, but has picked up points on just two more occasions in the opening ten races.
Nevertheless, the Brazilian believes that Sauber has achieved most of what it set out to do at the start of the season.
“Looking back to the beginning of the season, we have achieved most of the goals we had for the first half of the season,” Nasr said. “We maximized our opportunities, especially in the beginning of the season; therefore, we were able to score important points.
“The result of the Australian Grand Prix was impressive. Finishing fifth was very special for me, as well as for the team.”
Nasr made no secret of Sauber’s recent struggles, but called on the team to keep its head up and make it through a rough patch until its updates for the C34 car arrive in Belgium next month.
“At the moment we are facing a rather difficult time,” Nasr said. “We have our updates in Spa-Francorchamps and Singapore, so we have to be patient.
“We are halfway through the season, and I think we are going in the right direction. For myself as a driver, I am learning something new every weekend.
“It is my first year as a race driver in Formula One with ups and downs. As a team we have done some good things so far.”