Sauber preview the Australian GP

Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr are chasing points in Melbourne, saying Sauber “deserve a successful start” to the season…

Marcus Ericsson: “I cannot wait to finally kick off the 2016 Formula 1 season in Melbourne. The Australian Grand Prix in Albert Park is always special as the atmosphere is great – I enjoy being in Australia. I also have great memories from last year as I scored my first points in Formula One there.

“Looking back to the last few weeks, the preparations during the test days in Barcelona went well, and I felt comfortable with the C35. Now we have to see how things work out during a race weekend.

“I am confident the team has worked hard to be in a good shape for the season opener in Melbourne.”

Felipe Nasr: “The Australian Grand Prix reminds me of my fantastic result from last year. Finishing fifth in my first ever Formula One race is something I will probably never forget. It is nice to come back to Albert Park with these great memories.

“During testing in Barcelona, I had some productive days collecting good mileage in the C35. I feel well prepared to start my second Formula One season. I am curious to see where we stand with the C35 in comparison to the other teams.

“Everyone within the factory in Hinwil has worked really hard, so we deserve a successful start to the 2016 Formula One season.”

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