Sauber's Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson believe the newly-upgraded Sauber will work better at the Italian Grand Prix as the team looks to keep its points ticking over.
Following an indifferent first run for the revised Sauber – complete with updated Ferrari engine – at Spa-Francorchamps, the Swiss team is expecting the high-speed Monza circuit to prove a better suit for the changes.
With Marcus Ericsson scoring in both Hungary and Belgium, he is looking to keep up his solid run of recent pace in Italy.
“Monza is the fastest on the calendar, and I am curious about the top speed on the straights with the modified engine.
“It is important to have a high straight-line speed, and to be fast through the chicanes. We need to find a compromise with the downforce level giving us a high straight-line speed, but also finding the right set-up for a stable car.”
Similarly, team-mate Felipe Nasr is eager to use this weekend to get back into the top ten for the first time since Monaco.
“I am looking forward to driving the circuit again, and it will be my first time there in a Formula One car. The high-speed track should suit our car well.
“We need to find an efficient balance for being fast on the straights and not losing too much time in the corners. A good braking stability, as well as traction for coming out of the chicanes, is important.”