Weather: sunny and dry, 18-26°C air, 23-45°C track
During the practice sessions ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, the Sauber F1 Team introduced some new aerodynamic parts on both Sauber C36-Ferrari including a new rear wing, front brake ducts as well as new flaps of the front wing. The first results are as expected. Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein completed 60 and 55 laps respectively in total.
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
1st practice: 16th / 1:24.966 min (23 laps) / 2nd practice: 16th / 1:23.082 min (37 laps)
It has been a positive day. We have introduced some new parts today which have worked as expected. Furthermore, we have tested different set-ups that helped us to make the car a bit more competitive. The runs on the medium and hard tyres felt rather difficult, but on the soft tyres we could improve, especially in FP2, which is positive for tomorrow. We need to keep pushing in order to make more steps.
Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
1st practice: 17th / 1:25.182 min (24 laps) / 2nd practice: 19th / 1:23.599 min (31 laps)
A typical Friday practice session, on which we were able to collect some valuable data from the car, especially with regard to the new parts. It is difficult to make predictions yet as we also had some issues with the car today. We still need to fully understand why this was the case. However, I am optimistic that we can improve the car for tomorrow.