17 October

Preview – 2017 Formula One United States Grand Prix & Mexican Grand Prix

The Sauber F1 Team is heading out to the United States and Mexico for the last two back-to-back races of the 2017 FIA Formula One season. After his debut in the Sauber C36-Ferrari in FP1 during the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend, Charles Leclerc will again be driving the Sauber C36-Ferrari in FP1 at both the Circuit of The Americas (in place of Pascal Wehrlein), and the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (in place of Marcus Ericsson). The respective regular Sauber F1 Team drivers will then take over their cars from FP2 onwards.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“Going to Austin is always lots of fun. It’s a great race on an interesting track. In my opinion, it is one of the best of the newer tracks on the calendar. The city of Austin has a lot to offer, which makes it even more enjoyable to be there. Straight afterwards, we are heading to Mexico City – another great race weekend. We usually have lots of support from the fans there which makes the atmosphere very special. I look forward to being back in the car and getting the maximum out of the car in both races.”

Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):
“I’m looking forward to the next races. The US Grand Prix takes place close to Austin – a vibrant city with character. The track is challenging but at the same time fun to drive, especially due to the wide variety of fast and slow corners it features. There will also be events taking place around the track which will make the experience great for the fans. As for the Mexican Grand Prix, I like the atmosphere at the track as the fans are very passionate. The last sector is especially impressive, giving the feel of driving into a stadium.”

Track facts Circuit of The Americas:
The Circuit of The Americas has more fast corners than Spa-Francorchamps and more slow corners than the Hungaroring, the combination of which makes the track a very complex engineering challenge. The highest point on the lap is T1, which has a steep uphill approach and a blind entry. Sector one is characterised by five fast sweeping corners. Sector two contains a one kilometre straight. Sector three has a mix of slow corners and a multi-apex right-hander through which the drivers are exposed to forces of 4G for a period of five seconds.
Circuit Circuit of The Americas / 5.513 km
Race distance 56 laps / 308.405 km
Schedule Qualifying 16:00 hrs local time (23:00 CEST), Race 14:00 hrs local time (21:00 hrs CEST)

Track facts Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez:
For the revival of the Mexican Grand Prix in 2015, the “Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez“ underwent several changes following rebuilding since 1992. With an altitude of about 2,300 metres above sea level, the Mexican Grand Prix is the Formula One race held at the highest altitude. This altitude has an influence on the power output of the hybrid turbo engines due to the lack of oxygen. The most impressive section is between corners 12 and 16 – where the drivers feel like they are in a football stadium.
Circuit Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez / 4.304 km
Race distance 71 laps / 305.584 km
Schedule Qualifying 13:00 hrs local time (20:00 CEST), Race 13:00 hrs local time (20:00 hrs CET)

Tyre choices for the United States Grand Prix:
Driver Marcus Ericsson Pascal Wehrlein
Soft 2 3
Supersoft 4 3
Ultrasoft 7 7

Tyre choices for the Mexican Grand Prix:
Driver Marcus Ericsson Pascal Wehrlein
Soft 2 2
Supersoft 3 3
Ultrasoft 8 8
posted at 17:51:17 on 10/17/17 by webmaster - Category: races