Sauber: Computer simulation to prepare for the Mexican GP

Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, as well as the engineers, used different computer simulations to prepare for the Formula One race held at the highest altitude.

Austin, – After 23 years Formula One is returning to Mexico City. With an altitude of about 2,300 metres above sea level, the Mexican Grand Prix can be considered as the Formula One race held at the highest altitude. In the past especially, this altitude affected the normally aspirated engines. Nowadays it will also have an influence on the hybrid turbo engines due to the lack of oxygen. For the revival of the Mexican Grand Prix, the “Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez“ has undergone several changes as well as some rebuilding since 1992.

Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, as well as the engineers, used different computer simulations to prepare for this track, which is new to everyone. Both drivers expect the days to be busy. On Friday during practice they will run as many laps as possible, in order to generate real time data in addition to the virtual data they already have. Early track inspections by the FIA revealed that the abrasiveness of the circuit is rather low, therefore, Pirelli has allocated the medium and soft tyres.

For its home Grand Prix, Promotional Partner Interproteccion has increased its engagement with the Sauber F1 Team. In addition to Interproteccion’s branding on the drivers’ seat-belts, its logo will be visible on the cockpit headrest as well as on the pit stop crew’s helmets during the Mexican Grand Prix.

Circuit

Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez / 4.304 km

Race distance

71 laps / 305.584 km

Schedule

Qualifying 13:00 hrs local time (20:00 CET), Race 13:00 hrs local time (20:00 hrs CET)

Watch the humorous clip “Racing Bank” that shows Felipe Nasr, who changed his race suit for a business outfit, and dressed up as a bank clerk. While pretending to take care of Banco do Brasil’s clients, he checks their knowledge about him as a race driver, the Sauber F1 Team and Formula One in general. 

 

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

32

16

Best race result

8th Australia (2015)

5th Australia (2015)

Best qualifying

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

10th Italy (2015)

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

Points in total

9 (currently 18th)

27 (currently 13th)

The Sauber F1 Team has 36 points to its tally and currently holds 8th place in the Constructors’ Championship.

Sauber F1 Team

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Series Formula 1
Event United States GP
Track Circuit of the Americas
Drivers Marcus Ericsson , Felipe Nasr
Teams Sauber
Article type Preview