The Sauber F1 Team travels to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, the ninth round of the FIA Formula One World Championship which will take place from 3rd to 5th of July. The Swiss team, as well as its drivers, are looking forward to this legendary race weekend – at the home of British motor racing.
Test and reserve driver Raffaele Marciello will drive for the third time – after Malaysia and Spain – in FP1 on Friday. Regular driver Marcus Ericsson will take over the car from FP2 onwards.
Marcus Ericsson: “The British Grand Prix is for me one of the highlights of the season. A historical track with some great corner combinations. Also the atmosphere there is unique, with loyal, dedicated and enthusiastic British Formula One fans. I love to drive there, Silverstone is one of my favorite tracks. I believe it will be a challenging weekend for us, but I am convinced that we will make the best of it.”
Felipe Nasr: “Silverstone is a circuit which I enjoy driving on. It is not only one of my favorite tracks, but for me also kind of a home race, because I have been living in England for five years now. Therefore, it is always nice to come back to where motorsport and its great fans are at home. The British Grand Prix will probably not be an easy weekend, as this high speed track requires a lot of downforce.”
Raffaele Marciello (car number 36): “I am looking forward to another FP1 session. In genereal I like fast tracks; Silverstone is one of my favorites. The Becketts section particularly is always a challenge. I am pleased to again be driving the Sauber C34-Ferrari. It is the third time I will be driving the car in FP1 – after Malaysia and Spain. Together with my GP2 duties, I am looking forward to another busy race weekend.”
Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering: “With its technical demand, historical heritage, and passionate crowds Silverstone is one of the landmark circuits where we race Formula One cars. The engineers’ challenge will be to balance the high-speed requirements of the older part of the circuit with the traction and ride demand of the newer section. The drivers will chase stability to get the confidence they need, while negotiating fascinating sections at serious speed such as Copse, Becketts, Stowe or riding the bump at Abbey. Due to the abrasive nature of the circuit, Pirelli will supply the hard and medium compound. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the Sauber C34-Ferrari, we might expect not to have an easy weekend there, yet we feel ready for the challenge and keep targeting scoring points.”