Austrian Grand Prix - Preview

The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team is heading to Austria for the second of three back-to-back races. After a successful weekend in France, the team goes into the next round with a total of 13 points to its tally feeling motivated and optimistic. The continuous progress that has been made over the last race weekends gives the two drivers the confidence they need to tackle the Red Bull Ring. The Austrian Grand Prix weekend is popular among drivers and fans alike, offering excitement, both on and off track. Being one of the shortest tracks on the calendar, the circuit, also known as the Spielberg Ring, offers good opportunities for overtaking and challenges drivers, especially with its interesting corner combinations.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“The Grand Prix in Austria is always a fun one to return to. It takes place on one of the shortest tracks on the calendar, with only a few corners. That makes the lap time margins very tight. It has some interesting parts – mainly, it is the second part of the lap that is challenging. There are some very fast corners that require good car balance, as well as commitment from us as drivers. The longer straights and hairpins offer some opportunities for overtaking. The atmosphere is always great, with many fans coming to support us at the track. I really look forward to going back.”

Tack facts:
The Red Bull Ring, 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 track in Montreal. 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 Ring / 4.326 km
Race distance: 71 Laps / 307.020 km
Schedule: Qualifying 15:00 hrs CEST, Race 15:10 hrs CEST

Tyre choices Marcus Ericsson:
Ultrasoft: 9
Supersoft: 2
Soft: 2

Driver information Marcus Ericsson:
Born: 02.09.1990 / Kumla (SE)
Height / Weight: 1,80 m / 70 kg
First GP: Australia 2014
GP started: 84
Best race result: 8th Australia (2015)
Best qualifying: 10th Malaysia (2015), 10th China (2015),10th Italy (2015)
Points 2018: 2
Points in total: 11