Sauber F1 Team Bahrain Grand Prix preview

Sauber F1 Team Bahrain Grand Prix preview

29.03.2016: 2016 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2nd Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 1st to 3rd April 2016




2016 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix
2nd Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 1st to 3rd April 2016



After the season’s opening race – and right after the Easter holidays – the Sauber F1 Team is travelling to the next grand prix destination: The island Kingdom of Bahrain in the Arabian Gulf.


Next weekend the Bahrain Grand Prix will be again held under the floodlights at the Bahrain International Circuit in the Sakhir desert.  The Sauber F1 Team and its drivers are looking forward to this special event.



Marcus Ericsson
Car number 9


“The Bahrain Grand Prix is the first night race of the season. I especially enjoy the surroundings under the floodlights, which looks pretty nice on TV. I know the track well from my previous two seasons in Formula 1, but also from GP2, as I have been there many times.


 Last year I put in a good performance as well as having a strong race. I was going for points, which did not work out in the end due to other circumstances. However, I will take that positive feeling from last year’s race weekend with me.”



Felipe Nasr
Car number 12

“The Bahrain Grand Prix is a special race weekend for me. Having Lebanese roots from my grandfather, I have always liked being in the Middle East. For me as a driver it is nice to not only get huge support from Brazil, but also from where we are.


The track itself is great fun to drive and to race at night makes the event even more special.”



Track facts:

The Bahrain Grand Prix is one of the three races held at night after starting at dusk. Due to the ambient temperatures in the evening, as well as the abrasiveness of the tarmac, its layout doesn’t make this track particularly hard on the tyres.


As the circuit is located in the desert, the surface is usually quite dusty for the first practice session and then picks up more grip during the weekend.



Circuit    Bahrain International Circuit / 5.412 km

Race distance    57 laps / 308.238 km

Schedule    Qualifying 18:00 hrs local time (17:00 hrs CET), Race 18:00 hrs local time (17:00 hrs CET)





Tyre choices:

Driver    Marcus Ericsson     Felipe Nasr

Medium    3    4
Soft    5    4
Supersoft    5    5



Driver information:

    Marcus Ericsson     Felipe Nasr



Born    02.09.1990 / Kumla (SE)    21.08.1992 / Brasilia (BR)

Marital status    Single    Single

Height / Weight    1,80 m / 70 kg    1,75 m / 68 kg

First GP    Australia 2014    Australia 2015

GP started    36    20

Best race result    8th Australia (2015)    5th Australia (2015)

Best qualifying    10th Malaysia (2015),

10th China (2015),10th Italy (2015)    9th China (2015),

9th Austria (2015)

Points 2016    0    0

Points in total    9    27


The Sauber F1 Team currently holds 10th place in the Constructors’ Championship.




Robert Höpoltseder, Marleen Seilheimer - photos Sauber

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