18th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 13th to 15th November 2015
Sao Paulo, 10th November 2015 – The Brazilian Grand Prix will be another highlight of the season for the Sauber F1 Team – especially for Felipe Nasr and Banco do Brasil. Felipe Nasr is thrilled that he will drive in his first ever Formula One race in his home country.
The race weekend at Interlagos marks the most important Grand Prix for Banco do Brasil, Principal Partner of the Sauber F1 Team. Banco do Brasil expects 360 guests at its special hospitality area, as well as 2,400 guests in the grandstands.
What you also should know: The eight videos featuring Felipe Nasr, which have been posted throughout the year, are still available on the Sauber F1 Team Media Portal: “Race Driver at Heart”, “Secrets of F1”, “Growing up to become a race driver”, “My Home”, “A Multicultural Melting Pot”, “My Brasilia”, “Racing Roots”, “Racing Bank” as well as the current clip “Beach meets Racetrack”.
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“It is exciting going to Brazil, as it will be my first time racing in Sao Paulo. I am looking forward to it for two reasons - on a personal level, and also because it is the home Grand Prix for Banco do Brasil, one of our Principal Partners. Of course, as a team we will do our very best with the objective being that Felipe and I will finish the race in the points. That would be a great achievement for everyone. From what I have seen on videos as well as on the data, traction is really important on this track. The first corner is also crucial, as you need to carry the speed when going onto the back straight. Therefore, it is important to have a well balanced car.”
Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
“I am really looking forward to my first ever Formula One Grand Prix in Interlagos. I am sure there is going to be a lot of energy around the track from all the fans. It will be a very exciting weekend for me representing my home country in Formula One. Last year I drove in FP1 for Williams, which was a nice feeling. But racing in Formula 1 in front of my home crowd is a dream I have always had. Considering our motorsport history, it is not only a pleasure and honour, but also a moment to remember.”
Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“The circuit at Interlagos offers a relatively high amount of challenges, considering the short lap distance. Trading the demand for speed on the two long straights with the stability and grip requirements of the infield will be challenging for both the drivers and engineers. Moreover, the ever changeable weather often adds to that challenge at this time of the year. The choice of medium and soft tyres is going to boost the show further, allowing some freedom with the strategies. Last, but not least, the atmosphere on race day makes the Brazilian Grand Prix a very special event.”
Autodromo José Carlos Pace / 4.309 km
71 laps / 305.909 km
Qualifying 14:00 hrs local time (17:00 CET), Race 14:00 hrs local time (17:00 hrs CET)