After a long break, Sauber return to Spielberg

Giampaolo Dall’Ara: "The race is back on the calendar after 11 years, so it will be interesting to set-up the modern Formula One cars for this track."

Hinwil – The last Formula One Grand Prix in Styria took place in 2003, so the Austrian Grand Prix will celebrate its return from the 20th to 22th of June after an absence of over a decade.

Esteban Gutiérrez (car number 21): “The track in Spielberg is new for me and for many other drivers as well. It is always interesting to have new tracks on the Formula One race calendar. Last year there were quite a few tracks on which I drove for the first time, and now with Spielberg there is another new one. It is a fast circuit, so I am going to enjoy it. It will be an interesting event as the Austrians like Formula One and are nice and cheerful people. I hope we can feel the passion and the support for the sport, so that it can be a successful event. I am looking forward to the race weekend.”

Adrian Sutil (car number 99): “I am looking forward to the Austrian Grand Prix. I have never been to Spielberg with Formula 1. I know the track from previous racing series in my career, and I really like it. At that time I was participating in Formula Ford and Formula 3. Obviously, I hope for a positive result there. In Canada it was good to finish the race and to get the maximum out of the car. The team also did a great job with the strategy and the pit stops. I hope we can build on this and make steps forward in every area. I am keeping up my motivation, and I am looking forward to the weekend in Spielberg.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering: “The track in Spielberg is a relatively short one, consisting of significant straights with medium speed corners and a hairpin. The race is back on the calendar after 11 years, so it will be interesting to set-up the modern Formula One cars for this track. The starting point of our preparatory simulation work was driving lines from back then. Of course quite some progress was also made on that side, and, with the level of detail we can get today, we will most probably just have to do some fine tuning during free practice. We’ve been informed that the tarmac is moderately abrasive, and we don’t expect very hot ambient temperatures. Based on this information, we rate Pirelli’s choice of soft and supersoft as appropriate.”

Sauber F1 Team

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