Weather: sunny and dry, 29-25°C air, 37-28°C track
A difficult practice day for the Sauber F1 Team ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi. Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr both struggled to get the tyres to work, especially in the more important FP2 session, as the night race will take place under similar conditions. The Sauber F1 Team will analyse the data collected in order to make further improvements for the rest of the weekend.
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
1st practice: 17th / 1:46.407 min (29 laps) / 2nd practice: 18th / 1:45.245 min (28 laps)
A quite challenging day. We tried some set-ups on the car under different track conditions, with higher temperatures in FP1 and lower ones in FP2. Overall, but especially in FP2, it was difficult to find a set-up for the car I felt comfortable with. Now we have to analyse the data during the night, so that we can make the right changes which could put us in a better shape tomorrow.
Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C34-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
1st practice: 15th / 1:46.115 min (20 laps) / 2nd practice: 17th / 1:44.116 min (37 laps)
In the morning we did some aero measurements to collect further important data. After that on the car side we tried out different adjustements. In FP1 the temperatures were, of course, higher than in the late afternoon session, so we had to make the right changes. However, I do not think we worked the tyres in the right direction for the lower temperatures in FP2. There is still room for improvement in finding the appropriate tyre temperatures. It is only Friday, so we need to look into the data to understand things better.