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Ferrari power feels similar to Mercedes - Nasr

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Felipe Nasr says the new Ferrari engine feels similar to the Mercedes power unit he drove at Williams last year.

Nasr has gone from being Williams' test driver to Sauber's race driver and as a result is among a number of drivers who can compare power units from two manufacturers - albeit from different seasons. Nasr drove in five FP1 sessions with Williams last year as well as three days of testing, and on Monday drove his new Ferrari-powered Sauber C34 for the first time.

Asked to compare last year's Mercedes power unit with this year's Ferrari, he said: "I never drove the Ferrari last year, so I don't know how it feels [like-for-like]. For me it feels quite similar at the moment."

Nasr thinks there were also some ideas he could take from Williams, which finished third last year, to Sauber, which finished tenth without any points.

"For sure I saw some positives over there that I am able to take to Sauber and things we can take on. There is definitely room for improvement."

He said his first impressions of the Sauber were good and that it was predictable to drive.

"It seems to be doing fine. For sure I saw a few areas we could improve. There are always areas we could improve and to be honest as you are learning a new car, new engine and everything you have to get used to this feeling. For me it was easy to do so because the car was predictable in a way. It was quite responsive and easy to drive in a way of getting myself in a rhythm."

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