It was a challenging first day in the second week of testing for the Sauber F1 Team on the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona. Pascal Wehrlein was able to get a first impression of the new car while completing 47 laps in the morning. As planned, Marcus Ericsson took over the Sauber C36-Ferrari from Pascal Wehrlein for the afternoon session running 53 laps in total.
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Drivers: Pascal Wehrlein (morning), Marcus Ericsson (afternoon)
Weather: sunny and dry; air 13° 21°C, track 16° 31°C
Chassis / engine: Sauber C36-02 / Ferrari
Laps today: Wehrlein 47, Ericsson 53 total 100 laps, 465.5 km
Fastest lap: Wehrlein 1:23.336 min (P11, soft tyres), Ericsson 1:23.630 min (P12, soft tyres)
Programme: aero tests, set-up work, tyre work, race preparation
First of all I am very happy, to be back in the Sauber F1 Team as a race driver after my back problems. It was a real good feeling to be on track in the new car and getting back on the pace and to get the first impression of the Sauber C36-Ferrari. During the session this morning it was just to get familiar with the procedures of the new car. Now I am looking forward to being back on track tomorrow.
I took over the car in the afternoon with some new aero parts, which made the car feel quite different compared to last week. We also worked on the set-up preparation for the season opener in Melbourne. Overall it was an interesting day, but not the smoothest one. We have to do some work overnight to analyse all the data to make the car more driveable for us drivers tomorrow.
What comes next:
Tomorrow, for the second test day on the Circuit de Catalunya, Pascal Wehrlein will be behind the wheel of the Sauber C36-Ferrari in the morning session. Marcus Ericsson will take over the car in the afternoon.