The Sauber F1 Team had another productive day of testing on the Circuit de Catalunya. Both drivers worked through the planned, intensive programme with Markus Ericsson on long runs in the morning and Pascal Wehrlein on short runs during the afternoon session. The Swede was able to complete 88 laps overall, the German was running 44 laps in total.
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Marcus Ericsson (am), Pascal Wehrlein (pm)
Weather: sunny and dry; air 12° 22°C, track 14° 30°C
Chassis / engine: Sauber C36-02 / Ferrari
Laps today: Marcus Ericsson 88, Pascal Wehrlein 44 total 132 laps, 614.500 km
Fastest lap: Marcus Ericsson 1:23.330 (P11, soft tyres) , Pascal Wehrlein 1:22.347 (P9, ultrasoft tyres)
Programme: race preparation (Ericsson), qualifying preparation (Wehrlein)
This morning we focussed on race preparation and we were able to do a full race simulation. This was of course important and a positive sign for us. On the long runs we are still struggling a bit on the medium tyres, to get them to work properly. On the other hand the race stint on the soft tyres was a good step forward.
I took over the car for the first time in the afternoon for another half day in the C36, which all in all was very positive. I am very happy just getting more used to the car. Today we tried the supersoft and the ultrasoft tyres, and it was very interesting for me to see how they behaved with the temperatures in the afternoon.
What comes next:
Tomorrow, for the fourth and last testing day ahead of the 2017 FIA Formula One Championship, Marcus Ericsson will be behind the wheel of the Sauber C36-Ferrari again for the morning session and Pascal Wehrlein will take over once more in the afternoon.