Preview – 2015 Shell Belgian Grand Prix

11th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 21st to 23rd August 2015

Hinwil, 17th August 2015 –
After a two week summer break and factory shutdown, Formula One and, therefore, also the Sauber F1 Team returns to the legendary Ardennes race track in Spa-Francorchamps. Drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr are looking forward to the Belgian Grand Prix, where the Sauber C34-Ferrari will have a new engine specification as well as wings that are specific to the track.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):

“I am really looking forward to driving at Spa-Francorchamps in general and Eau Rouge, Blanchimont and Pouhon in particular. This traditional grand prix weekend at this historic track is purely about racing, and the fans are really into our sport and passionate about it. The atmosphere is great there. In comparison to other circuits, the track is quite long with some interesting corners and long straights. Engine power is the crucial factor, which fits well with our engine update. It’s one of those tracks which is like an adventure, it goes up and downhill. Always an important aspect of Spa is the weather. You never know what is going to happen, one part of the track can be wet and the other can be dry. This is also what makes Spa so special.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
“Spa is my favorite circuit on the calendar. The track is unique, having a lot of high-speed corners and a great corner combination. As a driver you get a nice flow going through these corner combinations. It is a track on which you need a stable car in the high-speed corners. I would say the combination of low downforce and traction is essential to be competitive. Going through Eau Rouge flat out will be tricky and, for sure, a challenge. It will be my first time driving this circuit in a Formula One car. We do have our engine update there, but, as we haven’t run it yet, we don’t know what it is going to be like. We are all looking forward to it and hope this will be a benefit for us.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“The Belgian Grand Prix can be considered the opener of the second part of the season, in which the Sauber F1 team is looking forward to stronger performances thanks to a number of upgrades that will be progressively introduced. At Spa both C34 will be fitted with more powerful Ferrari power units and track specific wings. The track is an all-round favorite and demands high-speed cornering performance and straight-line speed, hence aerodynamic efficiency and power output. Traction and braking, although, as usual, important, are second to stability and reactiveness, therefore rather specific set-ups are being worked out. As for the tyre compounds, medium and soft are expected to fit the event well.”

Circuit Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps / 7.004 km
Race distance 44 laps / 308.052 km
Schedule Qualifying 14:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CEST), Race 14:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CEST)


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 26 10
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 6 (currently 18th) 16 (currently 12th)
The Sauber F1 Team has 22 points to its tally and currently holds 8th place in the Constructors’ Championship.