Felipe Nasr believes that the characteristics of the Red Bull Ring will put Sauber in a strong position at this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.
The Swiss team has made a much-improved start to the 2015 Formula 1 season, bouncing back from a zero-score in 2014 to pick up 21 points in the first seven races of the year.
Much of Sauber’s revival has been down to the improved C34 car, and Nasr is confident that it will be at home in Austria this weekend.
“This season it will be my first time driving a Formula One car in Spielberg, and I am looking forward to racing there,” Nasr said. “It is quite a fast circuit, with many long straights combined with some high-speed corners.
“The last two corners before the start and finish line are my favorites, as they are very quick and you have to drive them very precisely. The long straights could be a benefit for us, but downforce is also required in the high-speed corners.
“I assume it will be a challenging weekend fighting against our main competitors, but I am confident we will extract the maximum out of our package.”
Nasr’s teammate, Marcus Ericsson, is also relishing the challenge of racing in Austria and taking in the unique atmosphere of the race.
“I am delighted to be getting back to Austria and especially Spielberg,” Ericsson said. “The atmosphere during the race weekend last year was amazing – it was a great experience.
“There were a lot of spectators in the grandstands and on the campsites. I like the track a lot, as it is a fast circuit which I am going to enjoy. Overtaking is rather difficult, but there are places where it is possible. I am looking forward to the race weekend.”
The Austrian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN from 7:30am ET on Sunday.