In the past Great Prize of Abu Dhabi, Felipe Nasr crossed the finish line at the wheel of the Sauber C35 in 16th position, one lap of the leader, next-to-last among those who finished the test and behind his team mate Marcus Ericsson. A very different situation to when, the year previous, he made his debut in Formula 1 with a fifth position in the Grand Prix of Australia, preventing you from being bent. Since that night in Yas Marina, Nasr has not returned to dispute a professional career.
last week, during the dispute of the Grand Prix of Great Britain, Nasr reappeared in the paddock of the category, on this occasion as an observer. The brazilian driver has not hidden in any time of its intention to return to Formula 1 Sauber announced that it would not continue with their services, but the loss of the sponsorship of Banco do Brasil and the fall of the Manor, brought about, curiously, by its two points at Interlagos, stood in an alternative this year, and greatly complicates their options for the coming year, up to the point at which the own Nasr does not rule out other options.
In statements to Motorsport.com, Nasr confirmed that the Great Circus is still your priority, but that includes participate in other categories if this does not happen: “I Still feel able to return, and I continue to look for opportunities to 2018. Of course, the Formula 1 is the plan, but there are many plans B. Could be IndyCar, Formula E, or the WEC, all of them are series that I call the attention. I will try to do everything you can before you commit or take any decision. The good thing is that I have driven different cars in the last few months, I’ve been active, and it has been great being back in a racing car.
of course, the Formula 1 is the plan, but there are many plans B. I have all the doors open
In particular, the IndyCar series could be a good alternative to the pilot of Brasilia, due to the popularity of the category enjoys in his country, the situation of Tony Kanaan and Hélio Castroneves, both in the twilight of their careers, and their connection with the latter, that was runner-up in the Formula 3 brazil in 1993 and 1994 with team Amir Nasr, an uncle of Philip. “Many brazilians have gone there, especially Helio. We have had a good relationship, because soldiered on for the team of my uncle when he did Formula 3. We have always been aware of how things are going there, so that has always been a category that has called me the attention, and is highly competitive. We will see how things are, but I have all the doors open”.
Your options in Formula 1 appear to be a little more complicated while the grill does not have more effective, something that the pilot himself recognizes. The reduction of the grid of 24 cars, 20 in the last five years has complicated the obtaining of a seat in the category, and, in the absence of the implementation of the proposals of new equipment, Nasr says to be ready if the opportunity arrives: “it Would be great to have one or two teams more, not just for myself, but for any pilot who aspire to move up to Formula 1, but things can change very quickly. What is important is that I am in shape. I did everything I could to be ready for this year, and I know that I can get into any car at any time, and to prove that I am still competitive. It is not easy to be out of the car, without a doubt, but I don’t regret anything. There’s a time for everything in life, and what is important is that I am ready, and I’ll make a decision very soon”.