Preview – 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

1st Round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, 17th to 20th March 2016

Hinwil, 14th March 2016 – The Sauber C35-Ferrari had an encouraging debut in Barcelona at the beginning of March. After the test days, the engineers worked through the data from the Sauber C35-Ferrari which had been collected during 1890 kms of testing. Now the Swiss team is looking forward to the traditional season opener in Melbourne. During the Australian Grand Prix Pirelli will introduce its new tyre regulations. This will be interesting for defining different strategies throughout the weekend.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“I cannot wait to finally kick off the 2016 Formula 1 season in Melbourne. The Australian Grand Prix in Albert Park is always special as the atmosphere is great – I enjoy being in Australia. I also have great memories from last year as I scored my first points in Formula One there. Looking back to the last few weeks, the preparations during the test days in Barcelona went well, and I felt comfortable with the C35. Now we have to see how things work out during a race weekend. I am confident the team has worked hard to be in a good shape for the season opener in Melbourne.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
“The Australian Grand Prix reminds me of my fantastic result from last year. Finishing fifth in my first ever Formula One race is something I will probably never forget. It is nice to come back to Albert Park with these great memories. During testing in Barcelona I had some productive days collecting good mileage in the C35. I feel well prepared to start my second Formula One season. I am curious to see where we stand with the C35 in comparison to the other teams. Everyone within the factory in Hinwil has worked really hard, so we deserve a successful start to the 2016 Formula One season.”

Track facts:
Albert Park is a rather special venue and not a permanent race track. When it comes to the set-up for the C35, braking stability and traction from low speed as well as sharp changes of direction will be important facts.

Circuit Albert Park / 5.303 km
Race distance 58 laps / 307.574 km
Schedule Qualifying 17:00 hrs local time (7:00 CET), Race 16:00 hrs local time (6:00 hrs CET)

Tyre choices:

Driver Marcus Ericsson Felipe Nasr
Medium 1 2
Soft 6 5
Supersoft 6 6


Driver information:

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 35 19
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 2016
Points in total 9 27