Preview – 2017 Formula One Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix


5th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 12th to 14th May 2017

The Spanish Grand Prix traditionally kicks off the European Formula 1 season near Barcelona. That being said, the Formula 1 team trucks will again hit the road to adorn the paddock with the team’s hospitalities during the European race weekends. The fifth round of the the FIA Formula One World Championship will take place from the 12th to 14th May on the Circuit de Catalunya. There, the Sauber F1 Team will introduce some modifications of an aerodynamic upgrade on both Sauber C36-Ferrari. It will then be complemented at the Monaco Grand Prix and the following race weekends.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“The Spanish Grand Prix is the traditional race weekend to start the European season of Formula 1. We all know the Circuit de Catalunya very well, as lots of testing has been done there. At this time of the year, it will be different to winter testing as the temperatures are much higher. It will surely be an interesting race weekend for the fans and also for us, because all teams introduce their car updates there. We will also bring first modifications to the car, which we will then enhance and further develop within the next GPs. I am looking forward to this weekend being confident that we make another step in the right direction.”

Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):
“It is always nice to start the European season of Formula 1 at the Spanish Grand Prix. I like the track; it is a demanding circuit for us drivers, but also from a car perspective. The the layout is quite diverse with all kinds of different corners – from low, medium to high speed. Considering the race weekend, it will be important for us to introduce some new aerodynamic parts on the car. I am positive that we can further develop the car in order to make progress, and thus improve the performance on track.”

Track facts:
The track in Barcelona is one of the most complete for defining the car, as it features a mix of all kinds of corners. The first two sectors are biased towards medium and high-speed corners, whereas the third sector is dominated by a technical sequence of lower speed corners, hence the set-up is always a compromise. Downforce, a well-balanced car, as well as traction, are main facts for a good lap time.

Circuit Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Race distance 66 laps / 307.104 km
Schedule Qualifying 14:00 hrs local time (14:00 CEST), Race 14:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CEST)


Tyre choices:

Driver Marcus Ericsson Pascal Wehrlein
Hard 2 2
Medium 4 4
Soft 7 7


Driver information:

Marcus Ericsson Pascal Wehrlein
Born 02.09.1990 / Kumla (SE) 18.10.1994 / Sigmaringen (DE)
Marital status Single Single
Height / Weight 1,80 m / 70 kg 1,75 m / 63 kg
First GP Australia 2014 Australia 2016
GP started 60 23
Best race result 8th Australia (2015) 10th Austria (2016)
Best qualifying 10th Malaysia (2015),
10th China (2015),10th Italy (2015)
12th Austria (2016)
Points 2017
Points in total 9 1
The Sauber F1 Team currently holds 9th place in the Constructors’ Championship.