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Monday, June 1, 2015

Sauber F1 Team preview - FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2015 5 to 7 June @ Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve Notre Dame Island Montréal



Hinwil. After the two European races in Barcelona and Monaco, the Sauber F1 Team is once again going to a have longer trip to the Canadian Grand Prix, which will take place from the 5th to 7th June on the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve at Montreal’s Notre Dame Island.


7th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 5th to 7th June 2015

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“I am looking forward to the Canadian Grand Prix. I like the track, it is a combination of a street and permanent circuit. It is a traditional race with a lot of history and I will enjoy to race there. Montreal is one of the tracks that should suits our car better mainly because of the long straights. As we do have a high top speed, it could be positive for us. Besides the engine power, braking stability as well as a good change of direction will be important. The many long straights also make overtaking easier on this track. Due to the track characteristics, I think our performance should be stronger in Montreal.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
“It will be my first time driving on this track in Montreal. It is a challenging circuit because there are some tricky chicanes, but I think I am going to enjoy driving there. In oder to prepare well I will watch on-board videos. I am confident the many long straights could be a benefit for us as we do have a competitive straightline speed. The track also requires good braking stability and traction.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:“Although we managed to score two points at Monaco, the last two races have been rather difficult for the Sauber F1 team. Our main target for the Canadian grand prix is to turn this around. The nature of the Montreal circuit is remarkably different and we expect it to fit the C34 better: straight-line speed, braking and generally low-speed cornering performance dominate for lap time. Depending on the weather, at times rainy, the track allows to alter the aerodynamic configuration of the car trading off downforce for drag reduction. We will have again the soft and supersoft tyres. It will be important to place our drivers further up the grid, and from there target to score more points.”

Circuit:
Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve / 4.361 km
Race distance: 70 laps / 305.270 km
Schedule: Qualifying 13:00 hrs local time (19:00 CEST), Race 14:00 hrs local time (20:00 hrs CEST)

Marcus Ericsson
Born: 02.09.1990 / Kumla (SE)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.80 m / 70 kg
First GP: Australia 2014
GP started: 22
Best race result: 8th Australia (2015)
Best qualifying: 10th Malaysia (2015), 10th China (2015)
Points 2015: 5 (currently 15th)

Felipe Nasr

Born: 21.08.1992 / Brasilia (BR)
Marital status: Single
Height / Weight: 1.75 m / 68 kg
First GP: Australia 2015
GP started: 6
Best race result: 5th Australia (2015)
Best qualifying: 9th China (2015)
Points 2015: 16 (currently 9th)

The Sauber F1 Team has 21 points to its tally and currently holds 5th place in the World Constructors’ Championship.


Schedule for the group interview sessions during the weekend:

Thursday:
10:30-10:40 – Marcus Ericsson – TV (Swedish, then English)
10:40-10:50 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (Swedish)
10:50-11:00 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (English)

10:30-10:40 – Felipe Nasr – written media (Portuguese)
10:40-10:50 – Felipe Nasr – written media (English)
10:50-11:00 – Felipe Nasr – TV (Portuguese, then English)

15:30-15:50 – Monisha Kaltenborn – written media (English, then German)
15:50-16:00 – Monisha Kaltenborn – TV

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

Saturday:
15:45-15:55 – Marcus Ericsson – TV (Swedish, then English)
15:55-16:05 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (Swedish)
16:05-16:15 – Marcus Ericsson – written media (English)

15:45-15:55 – Felipe Nasr – written media (Portuguese)
15:55-16:05 – Felipe Nasr – written media (English)
16:05-16:15 – Felipe Nasr – TV (Portuguese, then English)

Sunday:
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.