Currently enduring their longest ever points drought, Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson has admitted that they need to find more pace if they are to get off the mark on the Championship table.
The Swiss outfit are currently last place on the Constructors’ Championship, with Manor above them after Pascal Wehrlein scored his first ever point in Austria earlier in the season.
Interestingly, Ericsson’s team-mate Felipe Nasr scored Sauber’s most recent points, having finished ninth at last year’s United States Grand Prix.
“I am looking forward to going back to Austin this year, as I like this track a lot,” said the Swede.
“It is a nice event at the circuit, and, as well as that, Austin is a great place to be.
“Looking back to the previous race weekends, we clearly made steps in the right direction, but we still need to find more pace in order to fight for points.”
Nasr, though, is more optimistic going into this weekend, hoping for a similar result to last year’s edition.
“Finishing in P9 was a nice achievement [last year], bearing in mind that it was the 400th race for Sauber,” he added.
“Thinking about this year, I am very much looking forward to racing on this great track again.
“I will do the best I can for us to achieve a similar result to last year, as scoring points is obviously our objective.”