Sauber preview the Australian GP

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After challenging pre-season, neither Marcus Ericsson
or Pascal Wehrlein are expecting an easy weekend for Sauber
come the season-opening Australian GP.

Marcus Ericsson: “I like Melbourne a lot as it
is a fantastic place. The fans and the atmosphere there are
just great – I always enjoy being downtown in Melbourne and on
the circuit at Albert Park. I can’t wait to finally kick off
the 2017 Formula One season in Australia. After challenging
pre-season testing with a lot of data collection and
preparation, I am going to Melbourne with a positive mindset.
Now we have to see how things work out during the first race
weekend with the new car. The Albert Park circuit is a bit
tricky with a mix of permanent race track and a street circuit.
In general, I think it is going to be a challenge to find the
right set-up, but I am confident we will get this done.”

Pascal Wehrlein: “The Australian Grand Prix
will be very special for me and also for the Sauber F1 Team. It
is the beginning of my new role as a Formula One race driver in
the Swiss team, and I am sure when those five lights go out it
will be a unique moment on the race day. During the second week
of pre-season testing, I had productive days, where I was able
to get quite familiar with the Sauber C36-Ferrari procedures.
After intense physical preparations in the last few weeks, I am
excited about going to Melbourne, and I feel ready and
well-prepared for the challenging season opener. It looks
promising at the moment for me, but we never know until we get
to Melbourne. I have full trust in our teamwork.”

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