Sauber admits Wehrlein strategy 'optimistic'
14 November 2017 – Sauber Team Principal Frédéric Vasseur has accepted that the squad was "a bit optimistic" regarding Pascal Wehrlein's strategy at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Sauber pitted Wehrlein at the end of the opening lap, behind the Safety Car, to switch from a set of Super Softs to Softs, and kept him out for the remainder of the race.
Wehrlein thus completed a mammoth 70-lap stint on Softs, substantially more than his rivals, with Romain Grosjean amassing the second-most running, on 47 laps.
Wehrlein came home in 14th position, behind team-mate Marcus Ericsson, who ran a Soft / Super Soft approach, pitting on lap 44.
"The overall pace was decent; it is a shame that Pascal didn't advance more in the first lap," said Vasseur.
"Unfortunately, he lost a couple of positions after the start due to the incident involving Daniel [Ricciardo] and Stoffel [Vandoorne].
"Then, the plan for Pascal was to reach the end of the race on the Soft tyres, which was a bit optimistic perhaps.
"Marcus had a strong race, and he was not so far from our direct competition ahead.
"It seems that we are able to make improvements, which we have not seen in the results yet."
Wehrlein added: "We have been making progress over the last weekends, and have been able to start competing in the lower midfield.
"Unfortunately, the circumstances did not allow for a better result for me, as I struggled with my tyres, especially towards the end of the race."