Ericsson ‘confident’ ahead of China


Marcus Ericsson says he is heading to China confident that Sauber can look forward to a "positive" weekend.

After failing to score a single point in 2014, Sauber could not have asked for a better start to this year's Championship as both drivers finished inside the points at the season-opening Australian GP.

That high, though, took a knock at the following race where neither Ericsson nor his team-mate Felipe Nasr scored a single point.

But despite that, Ericsson insists the team has reasons to be confident ahead of the next race at the Shanghai International circuit.

"I have a good feeling traveling to China, because we have a competitive car," said the Swede.

"We are looking forward to getting to Shanghai to continue improving as well as scoring points again. I am confident it is going to be a positive weekend for us."

As for the track, he reckons it will suit Sauber's C33 while the cooler conditions will help with tyre degradation.

"It is not an easy one with a mixture of high-speed and low-speed corners. Before some corners hard braking is required, so braking stability for the car is important.

"I believe the set-up of the car will be similar to the one we had in Malaysia, as the layout of the track has some related characteristics.

"The weather conditions will be different, as it is not as hot as in Sepang, which will also have an influence on the tyre management."