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Monday, April 6, 2015

Sauber F1 Team - 2015 Chinese Grand Prix 10 to 12 April 2015 @ Shanghai International Circuit China preveiw

Hinwil. The Malaysian Grand Prix did not produce the results the Sauber F1 Team had hoped for. However, after a very successful race in Melbourne, the Sauber C34-Ferrari proved to be competitive on the Sepang International Circuit, which is a very different track. Therefore the team awaits the Chinese Grand Prix with optimism. Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr are positive about being able to score again points. The third round of the of the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship will take place from the 10th to 12th April on the Shanghai International Circuit.

3rd Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 10th to 12th April 2015

News on our Media Portal: The clip “Secrets of F1” is now available on the Sauber F1 Team Media Portal, which shows Felipe Nasr behind the scenes at the factory in Hinwil.

Furthermore - Did you always want to know how a Formula One car looks under its skin? If so, please download a pdf version of the Sauber F1 Team Cutaway F1 Car infographic:

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“The track in Shanghai is a circuit I know from last year, but it is not an easy one with a mixture of high-speed and low-speed corners. Before some corners hard braking is required, so braking stability for the car is important. I believe the set-up of the car will be similar to the one we had in Malaysia, as the layout of the track has some related characteristics. The weather conditions will be different, as it is not as hot as in Sepang, which will also have an influence on the tyre management. I have a good feeling traveling to China, because we have a competitive car. We are looking forward to getting to Shanghai to continue improving as well as scoring points again. I am confident it is going to be a positive weekend for us.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
“Last year during the Chinese Grand Prix I had my first FP1 session with Williams. I have never raced on this circuit, but it is good that I have already got to know it. The track has a combination of high-speed and low-speed corners, which is quite demanding for the tyres and challenging to find a good balance for the car. Besides that, the circuit has a straight which is the longest on the whole race calendar. I believe this could be positive for us as we have a strong top speed. As the track has some low-speed corners, traction can be important as well. I am looking forward to a positive race weekend and to scoring points again.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“Despite two very opposite outcomes, the first two races of the season were a boost for the motivation of everybody in the Sauber F1 Team, and we are now heading to Shanghai with a lot confidence for being competitive again. The circuit has a very long straight, where a good top speed is important, and an interesting mix of low, medium and high speed corners. In addition, it has several technical sections where unique corners, such as turns one and 13, lead straight into further corners requiring a good car balance and precise driving. We’ll be back to mild ambient temperatures, thus Pirelli has allocated the medium and soft compounds for the race. We are all looking forward to this race.”

Shanghai International Circuit / 5.451 km
Race distance: 56 Laps / 305.066 km
Schedule: Qualifying 15:00 hrs (9:00 CET), Race 14:00 hrs (8:00 Uhr CET)

Marcus Ericsson

Born: 02.09.1990 / Kumla (SE)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.80 m / 70 kg
First GP: Australia 2014
GP started: 18
Best race result: 8th Australia (2015)
Best qualifying: 10th Malaysia (2015)
Points 2015: 4 (currently 12th)
Points in total: 4

Felipe Nasr
Born: 21.08.1992 / Brasilia (BR)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.75 m / 68 kg
First GP: Australia 2015
GP started: 2
Best race result: 5th Australia (2015)
Best qualifying: 11th Australia (2015)
Points 2015: 10 (currently 6th)
Points in total: 10

The Sauber F1 Team has 14 points to its tally and currently holds 4th place in the World Constructors’ Championship.

Schedule for the group interview sessions during the weekend:

13:30-13:40 – Marcus Ericsson – TV (Swedish, then English)
13:40-13:50 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (Swedish)
13:50-14:00 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (English)

13:30-13:40 – Felipe Nasr – written media (Portuguese)
13:40-13:50 – Felipe Nasr – written media (English)
13:50-14:00 – Felipe Nasr – TV (Portuguese, then English)

17:00-17:20 – Monisha Kaltenborn – written media (English, then German)
17:20-17:30 – Monisha Kaltenborn - TV

16:45-16:55 – Marcus Ericsson – TV
16:45-16:55 – Felipe Nasr – TV

17:45-17:55 – Marcus Ericsson – TV (Swedish, then English)
17:55-18:05 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (Swedish)
18:05-18:15 – Marcus Ericsson – written media  (English)

17:45-17:55 – Felipe Nasr – written media (Portuguese)
17:55-18:05 – Felipe Nasr – written media (English)
18:05-18:15 – Felipe Nasr – TV (Portuguese, then English)

After the race the drivers will be available in the mixed zone set up by the FIA.
Monisha Kaltenborn will be available in the team’s area.

17:15 Marcus Ericsson – written media (hospitality)
17:25 Felipe Nasr – written media (hospitality)

Involvement in the FIA press conference means that the group interviews will be cancelled on the relevant day.