Weather: sunny and dry, 13-20°C air, 25-46°C track
During the practice sessions ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, the Sauber F1 Team drivers were able to complete a total of 120 laps. Despite technical issues on both Sauber C35-Ferraris in FP1, Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson completed in both practice sessions 61 and 59 laps respectively on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. For the first time Nasr used engine number three, while Ericsson will get engine number two for the rest of the weekend.
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
1st practice: 19th / 1:18.129 min (8 laps) / 2nd practice: 19th / 1:16.902 min (51 laps)
It was not the perfect day. We had some technical issues in FP1, which meant I was not able to run many laps. In that sense, FP2 was much better, as I completed 51 laps. I am not fully satisfied with the way the car behaves at the moment. We need to look into the data and understand in which areas we can improve. As of tomorrow, I will get a new power unit, so that should also help to make up some lap time.
Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
1st practice: 17th / 1:17.855 min (21 laps) / 2nd practice: 17th / 1:16.582 min (40 laps)
In the morning we missed a lot of track time due to the issues we had. But then in the afternoon we were able to recover and put in some good mileage. That helped us to get a better understanding of the car. It was good to get an idea about the superersoft and ultasoft tyres on short as well as long-runs. From my perspective, the ultrasoft tyre does not last that long. A key fact for the race will, for sure, be good tyre management.