Gustav Malja: “I can feel the F1 emotions building now”


Gustav Malja tests with Sauber this week - Credit: Zak Mauger/FIA Formula 2

Gustav Malja will test with the Sauber F1 Team this week during the in-season test at the Hungaroring, with the Swede insisting he intends making the most of his first opportunity to test a Formula 1 car.

Malja will run on one of the days in Hungary while fellow FIA Formula 2 Championship racer Nobuharu Matsushita will test on the other day, and after focusing on his F2 commitments with Racing Engineering over the weekend, he can now turn his attention to the Formula 1 test.

Malja, who endured a tough weekend in Hungary after finishing outside the points in the Feature race before suffering engine issues during the Sprint race that left him unclassified at the chequered flag, has doing some preparation work with the Hinwil-based Swiss team, and is eager for his run in the recently upgraded C36-Ferrari.

“I’ve been fully focussed on F2 over the weekend, but I can feel the F1 emotions building now,” said Malja. “I’ve been down to Sauber a couple of times to prepare, and it’ll be interesting to see how it compares with F2 driving-wise.

“It’s a great opportunity that I intend to make the most of.”