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Nasr: Sauber has not upgraded 2015 car

2015-08-04 15:04

CONTENT AT SAUBER : Sauber driver Felipe Nasr says the car has not received any upgrades since the 2015 Australian GP in Melbourne. Image: AFP / William West

LONDON, England - Felipe Nasr says Formula 1 team Sauber will get back in gear in late 2015 as the Swiss team prepares for 2016.

Newly re-signed by the struggling Hinwil outfit for 2016, Brazilian Nasr admitted that after a strong start, Sauber is suffering a mid-season slump.

'NOT ENOUGH DEVELOPMENT'

The team is behind Force India, Lotus and Toro Rosso in the constructors' standings, but still ahead of McLaren-Honda, whose drivers are former F1 champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.

Nasr, speaking to Brazil's Globo said: "It is always good to be in front of these guys.

"Earlier this year (2015), we were in front of so many good people.  But what we are facing now is not enough development of the car.

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Nasr admitted: "Sauber is in a difficult time because we have not developed the car much,"

The 22-year-old is currently holidaying in his native Brazil with his family and girlfriend.

END OF SEASON CHANGES EXPECTED

Nasr said: "I'm driving basically the same car that we had at the2015 Australian GP.  It's the same car specification, while most of the other teams have invested a lot in their cars.

"But the plan is that at the end of the season, we will implement changes so that we can prepare for 2016."

From a more personal perspective, however, Nasr said he is happy with how his first half-season in F1 has progressed.

The Brazilian explained: "I think the age that I got to F1 was very good, because I came very well prepared psychologically and physically, and with enough technical knowledge.

"Looking back, I see that I would not have done anything different. I'm in a cool moment, I'm taking advantage of this opportunity in formula one and I had a good first seven months in F1."

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