Ericsson looking for ‘good balance’ for Shanghai challenge

Marcus Ericsson is ready for round two of the season in China - Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

After a disappointing Australian Grand Prix, Marcus Ericsson will be looking for better fortune this weekend at the Shanghai International Circuit, with the Swede aiming for his first points finish since the 2015 Italian Grand Prix.

Ericsson managed to make it through to the second segment of qualifying at Albert Park two weeks ago but the Sauber F1 Team driver found himself spun around into the gravel trap on the opening lap by Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen, and despite getting back on track was always at the back and ultimately retired after just twenty-one laps with a hydraulics issue.

The twenty-six-year-old finished sixteenth in China twelve months ago, and knows that, amongst other things, a good balance is required to have a competitive weekend this time in the C36-Ferrari.

“The Chinese Grand Prix brings us to the second round of 2017 Formula Championship,” said Ericsson. “The Shanghai International Circuit has a very long straight, where a good top speed is crucial, and an interesting mix of low, medium and high speed corners.

“There are also several technical sections where unique corners lead straight into further corners, where a good car balance and precise driving is required.”