Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix wasn't a race to remember for the Sauber F1 Team, with both drivers finishing well down the order, but it was still a weekend worth recalling for Felipe Nasr.
The Brasilia-born driver found himself vying early on for a place in the top 10 but eventually fell back to 13th, three places ahead of team mate Marcus Ericsson, once the final tyre rotations set in.
"The beginning of the race was pretty good, I managed to make up positions at the start, but after that we just couldn’t keep the other cars behind us," Nasr said after the race.
"It’s one of those days where you fight, but didn’t get the rewards."
He was rewarded however with cheering support by his countrymen all through the weekend, taking the fervor in his stride and putting it to good use to boost his own energy.
"It has been a very special weekend, not just on race day, but over the entire weekend," said the 23-year-old.
"I felt a lot of energy from the fans, from my family, who were here supporting me, and from everyone else.
"I cannot wait to come back next year, and hopefully we can come back in a more competitive way."
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