The Sauber F1 Team are hoping their disappointing weekend in Spain two weeks ago was not reflective of their form for the upcoming races. Both Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson head into the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend looking to bounce back and return to the points scoring positions.
Nasr will be making his first Formula 1 appearance at Monaco, but finished on the podium for Carlin in the GP2 Series a year ago, and knows it is a track that is demanding on both driver and car.
“Monaco is one of the nicest tracks on the calendar, and at the same time the Grand Prix is a very traditional one,” said Nasr. “It is a track that is very demanding in all areas.
“From the driver’s side, you need to feel confident in the car to push it to the limit. There are a few things, which are important for a good lap time: Good braking stability, traction, as well a generally stable car.
“Over the days we also need to keep an eye on the grip evolution. All in all I am looking forward to racing in Monaco surrounded by a great atmosphere.”
Team-mate Ericsson, who finished eleventh at this race in 2014 driving for the now defunct Caterham F1 Team, knows that to have a good race in Monaco, you need to be confident with your car, and is eager to score his third points finish of 2015 this weekend.
“The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the season,” insisted Ericsson. “This street track is a kind of unique place, as it is quite different to other circuits on our calendar.
“If you are feeling confident in the car you can extract the most out of your skills and the car’s performance. It will be crucial, especially for the race, to find a good rhythm from corner to corner and from lap to lap.
“In previous racing series I have had some strong races in Monaco, so I am looking forward to a positive weekend.“