2018 Japanese GP Preview – Alfa Romeo Suaber F1 Team

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2018 Japanese GP Preview – Alfa Romeo Suaber F1 Team

Preview – 2018 Formula One Honda Japanese Grand Prix


After an exceptional race result in Russia, where the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team finished in 7th (Charles Leclerc) and 13th (Marcus Ericsson) places, the team is heading to Japan for the last Asian race of 2018. The iconic Suzuka Circuit is a highly technical track, with complex corner combinations that are a challenge for drivers to find the ideal racing line. Motivated by their progress and most recent successes, the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team approaches the Japanese Grand Prix with motivation and optimism.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“I am really looking forward to our next race in Japan. The Suzuka circuit is my favourite one, and I have always been strong there. The fans are very enthusiastic and it is great to have their support while driving. We have a strong package going into the weekend and should be quite competitive there, so I hope that we will be able to see some good results and score more points.”

Charles Leclerc (car number 16):
“It will be my first time driving on the Suzuka Circuit. It is one of the most renowned circuits there is, and I am looking forward to discovering its challenges very much. It is a very technical track, and quite demanding in terms of the corners it features. After a positive weekend in Russia, we are motivated to extract the most out of our potential in the upcoming weekends, and I look forward to being back in the car in Japan.”

Track facts:
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 part 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 hrs CEST), Race 14:10 hrs local time (07:10 hrs CEST)


Tyre choices:

Driver Marcus Ericsson Charles Leclerc
Medium 1 2
Soft 4 3
Supersoft 8 8


Driver information:

Marcus Ericsson Charles Leclerc
Born 02.09.1990 / Kumla (SE) 16.10.1997 / Monte Carlo (MC)
Height / Weight 1,80 m / 70 kg 1,80 m / 67 kg
First GP Australia 2014 Australia 2018
GP started 92 16
Best race result 8th Australia (2015) 6th Azerbaijan (2018)
Best qualifying 10th Russia (2018) 7th Russia (2018)
 Points 2018 6 21
Points in total 15 21
2018-10-02T13:20:14+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Formula One, Japanese Grand Prix, Sauber F1 Team|