Sauber head toward this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix without expecting to make too many drastic changes to their car setup from Montreal.
Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Sauber's Head of Track Engineering believes that in some aspects, the circuits are very similar. He concedes, however, that braking at the Red Bull Ring will be very important, while getting the correct setup for the circuit's flowing bends is paramount.
“The Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg can be considered, in terms of the set-up and aero configuration of the car, almost as a continuation of the previous race. The balance between the number of corners and lengths of the straights is similar to the Montreal track, yet their nature is substantially different with flowing bends in place of chicanes, and changes of elevation. We also expect that brakes will be a key factor there," said Dall'Ara.
Both Sauber drivers are looking forward to the race, but for different reasons.
Marcus Ericsson is a fan of the circuit, but concedes overtaking can be difficult.
"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.”
Felipe Nasr will be racing a Formula 1 car at Spielberg for the very first time.
"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."