Monza: Almost a home race for Sauber

The “Autodromo Nazionale” should suit the Sauber C34-Ferrari.

The Italian Grand Prix is like a home race for the Sauber F1 Team as the Monza track is not far away from the Swiss border. The race on the “Autodromo Nazionale” will be the last round of the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship in Europe. The track, which is known for the highest speed on any straights in the season, should suit the Sauber C34-Ferrari.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9): “The race weekend in Monza is always a very special event due to the popularity of Formula 1 and the tifosi. There is always a thrilling atmosphere, and the Italians are really passionate about motorsport. The circuit is the fastest on the calendar, and I am curious about the top speed on the straights with the modified engine. It is important to have a high straight-line speed, and to be fast through the chicanes. We need to find a compromise with the downforce level giving us a high straight-line speed, but also finding the right set-up for a stable car.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12): “Monza is an historic track. I know the circuit well from every series I have come through. It reminds me a lot of the time when I moved to Italy in 2009. Back then I lived just 40 minutes away from Monza. It is a unique circuit for me. The flow is really nice, with Parabolica being my favorite corner. I am looking forward to driving the circuit again, and it will be my first time there in a Formula One car. The high-speed track should suit our car well. We need to find an efficient balance for being fast on the straights and not losing too much time in the corners. A good braking stability, as well as traction for coming out of the chicanes, is important.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering: “The Monza circuit is known worldwide for the impressive speeds the cars reach on the straights, which are the highest of the season. At the same time, this historic facility features challenging corners of every kind, from low-speed chicanes to flowing bends, such as Lesmo and Parabolica. The set-up has to take into account downforce levels more than anywhere else, so the engineers will target maximum mechanical grip with an accent on braking, traction and kerb riding. As for the tyre allocation, the medium and the soft are a way more sensible choice than the medium and hard we have had for years. They will open up new scenarios and the show will benefit from such a choice.”

Driver

Marcus Ericsson

Felipe Nasr

Born

02.09.1990 / Kumla (SE)

21.08.1992 / Brasilia (BR)

Marital status

Single

Single

Height / Weight

1,80 m / 70 kg

1,75 m / 68 kg

First GP

Australia 2014

Australia 2015

GP started

27

11

Best race result

8th Australia (2015)

5th Australia (2015)

Best qualifying

10th Malaysia (2015),
10th China (2015)

9th China (2015),
9th Austria (2015)

Points in total

7 (currently 17th)

16 (currently 13th)

The Sauber F1 Team has 23 points to its tally and currently holds 8th place in the Constructors’ Championship.

Sauber F1 Team

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Series Formula 1
Event Italian GP
Track Monza
Drivers Marcus Ericsson , Felipe Nasr
Teams Sauber
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