Marcus Ericsson: “Engine power is the crucial factor”

Marcus Ericsson secured his first point since the Chinese Grand Prix in April last time out at the Hungaroring, and is now looking forward to this weekend’s post-summer break race at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Sauber F1 Team driver feels the atmosphere at the Belgian circuit is ‘great’, and believes there are many reasons why Spa-Francorchamps is special, including a number of great corners and the near-constant threat from the weather.

“I am really looking forward to driving at Spa-Francorchamps,” revealed Ericsson. “Eau Rouge, Blanchimont and Pouhon in particular.

“This traditional grand prix weekend at this historic track is purely about racing, and the fans are really into our sport and passionate about it. The atmosphere is great there.

“It’s one of those tracks which is like an adventure, it goes up and downhill. Always an important aspect of Spa is the weather. You never know what is going to happen, one part of the track can be wet and the other can be dry. This is also what makes Spa so special.”

Ericsson is delighted that on a power circuit such as Spa that Ferrari are supplying updated engines to his Sauber team this weekend, with the Swedish driver insisting good engine power is essential around the Belgian circuit.

“In comparison to other circuits, the track is quite long with some interesting corners and long straights,” said Ericsson. “Engine power is the crucial factor, which fits well with our engine update.”