In the round-up: Marcus Ericsson says Sauber hasn’t got to grips with F1’s softest tyres so far this year.

What they say

Ericsson says the Sauber is more competitive in races than in qualifying:

It’s clear we are struggling more over one lap than on race pace. Charles [Leclerc] did a very good job in qualifying but still I think we are stronger for sure in the race.

We are still struggling with the softer compounds. I have a feeling that for some reason we haven’t found a way to optimise them yet. That’s for me the main priority now that we need to find an extra bit of performance on Saturday because I really feel on Sundays we have a good car to fight the midfield.

Charles’ pace was really strong compared to the cars around him. I really feel confident that if we have good track position for the race, starting in the mix, we can have strong races. But obviously these days you need a good starting position. We need to analyse, work hard and analyse how we can take a step on Saturdays.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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