Preview and News – 2016 Formula Singapore Airlines Grand Prix
15th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 16th to 18th September 2016
With the Singapore Grand Prix the Asian overseas season starts, followed by the Grands Prix in Malaysia and Japan. The race weekend in Singapore is definitely one of the highlights of the season – for Formula 1 as well as for spectators, as the Marina Bay Street Circuit on the island state offers a unique atmosphere for this fascinating night race. The Sauber F1 Team has positive memories from last year’s night race, as the team scored one point with Felipe Nasr finishing in P10. During the Singapore Grand Prix the Swiss team will again focus on aerodynamic refinements on the Sauber C35-Ferrari.
Partner News: Sauber F1 Team’s Premium Partner the Silanna Group has expanded its marketing message to include their Power Semiconductor Product Line (Power Semis). From the Singapore Grand Prix onwards, the “Power Semis” logo will appear on the air horn as well as the front wing of the Sauber C35-Ferrari. As in previous races, the Silanna Group logo will remain on the sides of the cockpit.
Partner News: As announced earlier this season, Dranix Technology will be a Race Partner of the Sauber F1 Team at the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix, as well as at the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix. During the Singapore Grand Prix one of its brands, AG88, will be visible on the upper sides of the sidepods, as well as on the garage walls. AG88 is an Asian online entertainment provider.
Personnel News: The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to confirm the appointment of Ruth Buscombe as new Strategy Engineer. The 26-year old Briton will start to work for the Sauber F1 Team from the Malaysian Grand Prix onwards. Buscombe has worked for the Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team, as well as recently for the Haas F1 Team.
Demo Run: In Örebro, the swedish home region of Marcus Ericsson, last weekend there were tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans at the “Race Day” to watch the demo run with Marcus in a Sauber F1 race car: https://youtu.be/3x7hU3OyNQo
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“The Singapore Grand Prix is surely one of most exciting as well as challenging race weekends. The typically high temperatures, the high humidity, and the fact that the race is held at night makes it to one of the highlights of the season. For the spectators it is a real experience – besides the action on track, there are also many events going on off track. Thinking about last year’s race, I was very close to the points by finishing in P11. As we saw positive results from the car package during the recent race weekends, our aim is certainly to fight for points in Singapore.”
Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
“I like the Singapore Grand Prix a lot – the night race as well as the atmosphere in the city once Formula 1 is there makes it a special race weekend. It is a great street circuit and racing under these high temperatures is a real challenge. I have good memories from last year’s Singapore Grand Prix, as I was able to score one point. Looking back to the tests during the previous race weekends, I have confidence in our car, as I felt that we made a step in the right direction, although we cannot see it in the results yet. In Singapore a lot can happen during the race, so we need to take every opportunity that might come up.”
The Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street Circuit is the second race of the season to be held at night. The grip conditions on this street track improve from session to session. The circuit has 23 corners – the most in any circuit on the calendar – and they are all low-speed. The probability of the Safety Car being deployed is very high. Traction and braking dominate on this bumpy circuit. Due to its layout, overtaking is rather difficult and that makes a good starting position important.
|Circuit||Marina Bay Street Circuit / 5.065 km|
|Race distance||61 laps / 308.965 km|
|Schedule||Qualifying 21:00 hrs local time (15:00 CEST), Race 20:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CEST)|
|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.|