Weather: sunny and dry, 27-31°C air, 33-42°C track
For the Sauber F1 Team qualifying ahead of the Italian Grand Prix was already over in Q1: Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson finished with the Sauber C35-Ferrari in P18 and P19.
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 19th in Q1 (1:24.087 min / supersoft tyres)
3rd practice: 16th (1:24.542 min / supersoft tyres / 20 laps)
It was a disappointing qualifying. Q2 was our objective, which could have been possible today. For me the balance of the car has shifted a bit from FP3 to qualifying. I was struggling with more oversteer, which made it more difficult to put a lap together. That cost me some lap time, which was enough to miss out in Q1. For the race it will be important to look after the tyres.
Felipe Nasr (car number 12):
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 18th in Q1 (1:23.956 min / supersoft tyres)
3rd practice: 18th (1:24.715 min / supersoft tyres / 19 laps)
It is unfortunate that we could not make it into Q2 today, as I think it would have been possible. I had a decent first stint in Q1, and knew that I could improve on the second set of tyres. It was a good lap, but unfortunately I lost engine power at the exit of Lesmo on the second and last try in Q1, which compromised my lap time. On the other hand, it is positive that we have definitely made a step forward with our aero package.