Japanese Grand Prix - Preview

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.”

Tack 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 Marcus Ericsson:
Medium: 1
Soft: 4
Supersoft: 8

Driver information Marcus Ericsson:
Born: 02.09.1990 / Kumla (SE)
Height / Weight: 1,80 m / 70 kg
First GP: Australia 2014
GP started: 92
Best race result: 8th Australia (2015)
Best qualifying: 10th Malaysia (2015), 10th China (2015),10th Italy (2015), 10th Russia (2018)
Points 2018: 6
Points in total: 15