Preview and News – 2016 Formula One Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix & Emirates Japanese Grand Prix
16th and 17th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship
With the Malaysian and Japanese Grands Prix the fifth back-to-back race weekend in the 2016 Formula One season is approaching. The Sauber F1 Team continues its travels through Asia with the next stop in Sepang near Kuala Lumpur. Similar to the Singapore Grand Prix, the race weekend in Malaysia will also be challenging in terms of hot climatic conditions. Directly afterwards, the Japanese Grand Prix is on the programme, which is famous for its great atmosphere created by the fans, as well as for the popularity of the Suzuka Circuit with the drivers.
Partner News: After the Singapore Grand Prix, Dranix Technology will again be a Race Partner of the Sauber F1 Team during the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix. One of its brands, F66, will be visible on the upper sides of the sidepods, as well as on the garage walls. F66 is an Asian online entertainment provider.
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“The Malaysian Grand Prix is another challenging race weekend due to the high temperatures as well as the humidity. After the Singapore Grand Prix I stayed out and went to a training camp in Thailand to be in the best physical shape. Besides the physical challenge, the weather can also play a huge role during the race weekend in Sepang. Normally the races are quite exciting due to the unpredictable weather with heavy rain storms. After the Malaysian Grand Prix we head directly to Japan. As I lived there back in 2009 when I raced in the Japanese Formula 3, it is always nice to go back, as I have great memories. The fans as well as the atmosphere at the Suzuka Circuit are unique.”
Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
“As Formula One continues its travels in Asia, the next stops are in Malaysia and Japan. Talking about the Malaysian Grand Prix, the first thing that comes to my mind is the heat and the high humindity. During the last race weekend in Singapore we were already able to acclimitise to the high temperatures – in Malaysia this will help us as the conditions will be the same. The weather makes it an exciting race weekend, as you never know when the rain will come into play. The Japanese Grand Prix that follows is on the Suzuka Circuit, which is not only a great track on which I drove a Formula One car last year for the first time, but it is also full of very passionate Formula One fans. In terms of the fan base, the Japanese Grand Prix is for us drivers a remarkable race weekend.”
Track facts Sepang International Circuit:
The climatic conditions at the Sepang International Circuit are usually extreme for both the drivers and the teams. Therefore, there is no way to accurately predict the rain. The track is a challenging one, offering more racing lines than on other circuits due to its width. Despite two long straights, downforce is important, as the track has a mix of low to high-speed corners. Having a stable car in the high-speed corners, as well as traction in low-speed corners, is also crucial.
|Circuit||Sepang International Circuit / 5.543 km|
|Race distance||56 laps / 310.408 km|
|Schedule||Qualifying 17:00 hrs local time (11:00 CEST), Race 15:00 hrs local time (9:00 hrs CEST)|
Track facts Suzuka Circuit:
The Suzuka Circuit is a landmark for drivers as well as engineers. The first sector is dominated by mid to high-speed corners and changes of direction, therefore, high downforce is crucial. In the second one braking stability and traction, with the aerodynamic performance of the car, play a huge role. The third sector is the shortest with one chicane.
|Circuit||Suzuka Circuit / 5.807 km|
|Race distance||53 laps / 307.471 km|
|Schedule||Qualifying 15:00 hrs local time (08:00 CEST), Race 14:00 hrs local time (07:00 hrs CEST)|
Tyre choices for the Malaysian Grand Prix:
|Driver||Marcus Ericsson||Felipe Nasr|
Tyre choices for the Japanese Grand Prix:
|Driver||Marcus Ericsson||Felipe Nasr|
|Marcus Ericsson||Felipe Nasr|
|Born||02.09.1990 / Kumla (SE)||21.08.1992 / Brasilia (BR)|
|Height / Weight||1,80 m / 70 kg||1,75 m / 68 kg|
|First GP||Australia 2014||Australia 2015|
|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||27|
|The Sauber F1 Team currently holds 11th place in the Constructors’ Championship.|