Ericsson looking forward to unique Monza atmosphere


Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Sauber F1 Team. Circuit Spa-Francorchamps. Credit: Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team driver Marcus Ericsson is hoping to see an improved performance at the Italian Grand Prix in northern Milan this weekend, after a disappointing race in Spa saw him retire from the race almost immediately due to gearbox issues, despite the team bringing numerous updates for the C35.

The 25-year-old is aware that the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, where finding a strong car set-up will be crucial for achieving a good result on Sunday, could be a tricky circuit for the Hinwil based team to master once again.

“Engine power is the crucial factor in Monza. On this circuit, which is the fastest on the calendar, we need to find a compromise with the downforce level giving us a high straight-line speed, but also finding the right set-up for a stable and fast car through the chicanes.

Nonetheless, the Swede is looking forward to the Italian Grand Prix experience and is ready to soak up the unique and unrivalled atmosphere found only at the Italian race weekend, where the passion of the fans seems to emanate around every part of the track.

“There is always a thrilling atmosphere in the Autodromo, and the Italians are really passionate about motorsport.”

Having finished eighth and in the points at the northern Milan track in 2015, Ericsson is hoping to achieve a similar result on this occasion as well.

That would be good news for the Swiss team who are languishing at the bottom of the Constructor’s standings and would ideally like to jump ahead of the Manor Racing Team, who currently sit above Sauber in the table, with one point to their name.