30.07.18

Hungarian Grand Prix - Preview

After adding another two championship points to its tally at Hockenheim (Marcus Ericsson, P9), the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team is heading into the final round before the Formula One summer break feeling confident. The team has been steadily fighting in the midfield, and has scored a total of 18 points so far this season. With confident drivers and good car performance, the team travels to Budapest with high spirts, and aims to build further on the progress made over the past weeks.

The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s Test Driver, Antonio Giovinazzi, will be taking over the cockpit from Charles Leclerc to complete the first free practice session at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Budapest test, which is taking place on the 31st July and 1st August 2018, will be completed by Marcus Ericsson on day 1, and Antonio Giovinazzi on day 2 for the team.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“After a strong race at Hockenheim I go to Budapest with an extra boost of confidence. The team feels positive and we are ready to tackle the last race before summer shutdown. The Budapest track is a very technical one. It has a lot of corners, and it is quite intense to drive there – it reminds me of a go-kart track. It is a tough circuit for both the driver and the car, however, with the car and good form we have at the moment we should be able to fight for good results there. There are a lot of Swedish flags around the track, which always gives me extra motivation, so I look forward to seeing the Swedish fans at Budapest as well. Let’s see what is possible.”

Tack facts:
The Hungaroring is a circuit where the cars are set up to carry maximum downforce. The track features a sequence of flowing low to medium-speed corners with short straights. Braking stability, as well as good traction, is crucial. The limited track width does not offer many ideal lines which makes overtaking difficult and emphasises the importance of a good grid position.

Circuit: Hungaroring / 4.381 km
Race distance: 70 laps / 306.630 km
Schedule: Qualifying 15:00 hrs CEST, Race 15:10 hrs CEST

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

Driver information Marcus Ericsson:
Born: 02.09.1990 / Kumla (SE)
Height / Weight: 1,80 m / 70 kg
First GP: Australia 2014
GP started: 87
Best race result: 8th Australia (2015)
Best qualifying: 10th Malaysia (2015), 10th China (2015),10th Italy (2015)
Points 2018: 5
Points in total: 14