30 October

Mexican Grand Prix – Practice – Friday

Weather: FP1: sunny/overcast and damp/dry, 19-22°C air, 23-40°C track;
FP2: sunny/overcast and dry/damp, 21-18°C air, 41-28°C track

An informative Friday for the Sauber F1 Team during both practice sessions for the Mexican Grand Prix. For Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr the main focus was to become familiar with the “Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez” by trying different set-ups on the Sauber C34-Ferrari. As expected, the grip was quite low on this new track.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
1st practice: 12th / 1:28.498 min (27 laps) / 2nd practice: 17th / 1:24.533 min (34 laps)
“It was a difficult day for me. It is a challenge to get the tyres to work on this new track due to the low grip level. We tried different set-ups on the car which do not seem to have worked properly yet. We have to look into the data, so that we can improve for the rest of the weekend.”

Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
1st practice: 14th / 1:28.579 min (25 laps) / 2nd practice: 14th / 1:23.430 min (39 laps)
“Today it was all about learning the new circuit and getting used to it. As the grip level is quite low, we made some adjustments to the car in order to adapt to the track conditions. It is normal that the tarmac is very slippery on new circuits. I struggled mainly on the medium tyres to get them to work. It was a bit better on the soft compound, but we still have a lot of work to do. We have to analyse the data and then make the right changes on the car.”
posted at 23:02:00 on 10/30/15 by webmaster - Category: races