Preview – 2017 Formula One Heineken Chinese Grand Prix & Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

Preview – 2017 Formula One Heineken Chinese Grand Prix & Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

3 April 2017

2nd and 3rd Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship

After the usual season opener in Melbourne, the Sauber F1 Team travels to the next stop in this year’s Formula One calendar: Shanghai. The Chinese Grand Prix marks the second round of the 2017 Formula One Championship and takes place from the 7th to 9th of April on the Shanghai International Circuit. Pascal Wehrlein will again be replaced by Antonio Giovinazzi to ensure that the German will be back in the cockpit of the Sauber C36-Ferrari, in best physical shape, at the earliest possible opportunity – either the Bahrain Grand Prix or the Russian Grand Prix.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“The Chinese Grand Prix brings us to the second round of 2017 Formula Championship. The Shanghai International Circuit has a very long straight, where a good top speed is crucial, and an interesting mix of low, medium and high speed corners. There are also several technical sections where unique corners lead straight into further corners, where a good car balance and precise driving is required. Thinking about Bahrain, I am eager for the first night race of the season. The track, as well as the surroundings, have a special vibe under the floodlights. It is a spectacular race weekend that I enjoy a lot. Overall the circuit is technical and driving-wise not an easy one, but I always looking forward to racing there.”

Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):
“For me the most important is that I can train intensively to ensure a 100% performance from my side as soon as possible. I will then be well-prepared for my first complete Grand Prix weekend for the Sauber F1 Team. Hopefully this can be in Bahrain but, if not, then we will take the time it needs until Russia to make sure I am completely ready.”

Track facts Shanghai International Circuit:
The Shanghai International Circuit has the longest straight on the whole race calendar, where a good top speed is important. The track has an interesting mix of low, medium and high-speed corners. In addition to that, it has several technical sections with corner complexes where unique corners, such as T1 and T13, lead straight into further corners requiring a good car balance and precise driving. Good traction is a must.

Circuit Shanghai International Circuit / 5.451 km
Race distance 56 Laps / 305.066 km
Schedule Qualifying 15:00 hrs local time (9:00 hrs CET), Race 14:00 hrs local time (8:00 hrs CET)


Tyre choices for the Chinese Grand Prix:

Driver Marcus Ericsson Antonio Giovinazzi
Medium 2 2
Soft 4 4
Supersoft 7 7


Track facts Bahrain International Circuit:
The Bahrain Grand Prix is one of the three races held at night, starting at dusk. Due to the ambient temperatures in the evening, as well as the abrasiveness of the tarmac, its layout doesn’t make this track particularly hard on the tyres. As the circuit is located in the desert, the surface is usually quite dusty for the first practice session and then gathers more grip during the weekend.

Circuit Bahrain International Circuit / 5.412 km
Race distance 57 laps / 308.238 km
Schedule Qualifying 18:00 hrs local time (17:00 hrs CET), Race 18:00 hrs local time (17:00 hrs CET)


Driver information:

Marcus Ericsson Pascal Wehrlein
Born 02.09.1990 / Kumla (SE) 18.10.1994 / Sigmaringen (DE)
Marital status Single Single
Height / Weight 1,80 m / 70 kg 1,75 m / 63 kg
First GP Australia 2014 Australia 2016
GP started 57 21
Best race result 8th Australia (2015) 10th Austria (2016)
Best qualifying 10th Malaysia (2015),
10th China (2015),10th Italy (2015)
12th Austria (2016)
Points 2016
Points in total 9 1

The Sauber F1 Team currently holds 8th place in the Constructors’ Championship.