Sauber drivers excited for F1’s return to Monza
Sauber’s Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez are looking forward to Formula 1’s return to the classic Monza circuit for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.
This year’s F1 race will be the 64th to take place at the venue, and both of the Swiss outfit’s drivers are excited to tackle the track once again.
“The race weekend in Monza is always a very special event due to the popularity of Formula 1 and the Tifosi,” said Sutil, who will be replaced for first practice by Sauber’s reserve driver Giedo van der Garde.
“It is surely one of my favourite Grands Prix, as the Italians are great fans, and they generate a nice atmosphere around the track. The circuit is the fastest on the calendar, and I am curious about the top speed on the straights with the new engines.
“The car needs to be stable under braking, as in the first chicane we reduce our speed from approximately 340kph to about 60kph, and on top of that we hit the kerbs. On the long straights a high top speed is important, which can be achieved by a very low downforce.
“As Pirelli has chosen the medium and hard compounds, it could be a challenge for us to bring the tyres up to temperature. After the German Grand Prix, the race weekend in Monza is another home race for the team, as the track is not far away from the Swiss border. I am looking forward to racing there, the Italian Grand Prix has a remarkable history.”
Commenting on this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, Gutierrez added: “I am looking forward to going to Monza. Due to the track layout, we need a high top speed in order to be fast on the straights. Monza’s characteristics are different in comparison to the other circuits on the calendar.
“On one side, there are long straights, but on the other there are also two very slow chicanes on which we will use the kerbs. Therefore, the mechanical set-up of the car is crucial. From an aerodynamic point of view, it is important to have low drag, and, as a result, the downforce is much reduced.
“Ascari and Parabolica are my favorite corners on the track. In Monza it is not only the circuit that is special, but also the event itself. I am always excited to go there.”
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