24 June

Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Qualifying Saturday

Weather: sunny and dry, 26-28C air, 42-60C track

Mixed feelings during qualifying ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. After challenging practice sessions, Pascal Wehrlein made it into Q2 finishing in P15, while Marcus Ericsson was eliminated after Q1 ending qualifying in P18. It is the fifth time that the Sauber F1 Team qualified for Q2 during this years Formula 1 season.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 18th in Q1 (1:44.795 min / supersoft tyres)
3rd practice: 18th (1:45.645 min / supersoft tyres / 21 laps)
It was a tricky day for me, in particular in regards to the tyre management and the track conditions keeping the high temperatures in mind. We did make some progress during FP3 during which we were able to narrow the gap between ourselves and the direct competition. In qualifying it was positive that we managed to get Pascal into Q2. Unfortunately, it was not enough for me, but it was still a step forward for the team. I am optimistic that we will be able to take some of this progess into the race with us tomorrow.

Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 15th in Q2 (1:44.603 min / supersoft tyres)
3rd practice: 19th (1:45.722 min / supersoft tyres / 19 laps)
I am happy with making it into Q2. We have certainly made a step forward in terms of the performance of our car since yesterday. My fastest lap was good from our point of view, and we could not have expected to qualify for Q2 on this track. As always, I will try my best to achieve a satisfying result on Sunday.
posted at 20:02:00 on 06/24/17 by webmaster - Category: races