Preview – 2017 Formula One Austrian Grand Prix & Rolex British Grand Prix

04.07.2017

9th and 10th Rounds of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 7th to 9th and 14th to 16th July 2017

After an eventful Grand Prix of Azerbaijan, the Sauber F1 Team makes its way to the next set of races with one more World Championship point in its pocket. The back-to-back races in Spielberg and Silverstone are among the most traditional races on the calendar, and impress with a vibrant atmosphere and large number of passionate fans.

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Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“The track in Spielberg is one of the shortest on the calendar. I expect this to influence the gaps between lap-times, which will be interesting to see. It is not the most technical track, which will make it essential for us to aim for a perfect lap in qualifying. The fans there are usually spectacular, and I look forward to seeing them again this year. As for Silverstone – it is one of my absolute favourite tracks, with amazing corner combinations and some high speed corners which I really enjoy. For us drivers, it will be impressive to experience the higher speeds and increased G-forces of the new cars.”

Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):
“The circuit in Spielberg will always be very special to me, because I scored my very first World Championship point there last season. I really look forward to going back into this race with more experience under my belt, and hope to perform well again. Concerning Silverstone, it is always a great location, especially because there are so many fans there who are true motorsports enthusiasts. The unpredictable, typically British weather conditions, could also play a key role in determining the outcome of the race.”

Track facts Red Bull Circuit:
The Red Bull Circuit, also known as the Spielberg Ring, is a braking-and-traction circuit, calling for “medium-downforce” levels. The balance between the number of corners and lengths of the straights is similar to the Montreal track. However, the nature of the corners is substantially different with flowing corners in place of chicanes, and changes of elevation. Braking is also a key factor.

Circuit Red Bull Circuit / 4.326 km
Race distance 71 Laps / 307.020 km
Schedule Qualifying 14:00 hrs CEST, Race 14:00 hrs CEST

Track facts Silverstone Circuit:
With its many high-speed corners, the track at Silverstone requires a lot of downforce as well as a stable car. In terms of the car set-up, the challenge will be to balance the high-speed requirements of the older part of the circuit (up to 2009) with the traction and ride demand of the newer section (since 2011).

Circuit Silverstone Circuit / 5.891 km
Race distance 52 laps / 306.198 km
Schedule Qualifying 13:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CEST), Race 13:00 hrs local time (14:00 hrs CEST)

Tyre choices for the Austrian Grand Prix:

Driver Marcus Ericsson Pascal Wehrlein
Soft 2 3
Supersoft 4 3
Ultrasoft 7 7

Tyre choices for the British Grand Prix:

Driver Marcus Ericsson Pascal Wehrlein
Medium 1 1
Soft 5 5
Supersoft 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 64 27
Best race result 8th Australia (2015) 8th Spain (2017)
Best qualifying 10th Malaysia (2015), 10th China (2015),

10th Italy (2015)

12th Austria (2016)
Points 2017 0 (19th) 5 (15th)
Points in total 9 6
The Sauber F1 Team has 5 points to its tally and currently holds 9th place in the Constructors’ Championship.