29 September

Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix Practice Friday

Weather: FP1: rainy/cloudy and wet, 25-27C air, 27-32C track; FP2: sunny/cloudy and dry, 30-32C air, 39-45C track

The Sauber F1 Team was unable to run through the planned programme during FP1 after the FIA delayed the session due to heavy rainfall. Charles Leclerc finished his first free practice session with the Sauber F1 Team in tricky conditions. Marcus Ericsson took over the Sauber C36-Ferrari cockpit from Leclerc for the second practice session, driving alongside Pascal Wehrlein in the afternoon.

Charles Leclerc (car number 37):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
1st practice: 16th / 1:55.280 min (10 laps)
I am very pleased with my first experience with the Sauber F1 Team. Despite the tricky, wet conditions and a delayed session, I was able to complete ten laps, and enjoyed driving on this circuit. The most important thing is that the team is satisfied with the job I did. I look forward to driving again in Austin.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
2nd practice: 20th / 1:35.697 min (27 laps)
In the afternoon I had to catch up on what I missed during FP1. I did manage to put a good number of laps together during FP2, however, we did not get the tyres to work properly. We have to analyse our data tonight and try to make improvements for tomorrow.

Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
1st practice: 17th / 1:55.652 min (10 laps) / 2nd practice: 19th / 1:35.246 min (29 laps)
Today was not ideal. I had issues with the brakes in FP1, which were solved during the session. It was, however, interesting to drive on the wet track that always adds a bit of excitement. FP2 was somewhat better, but there is still a gap to our direct competition. We are working on improving for the rest of the weekend.
posted at 20:08:00 on 09/29/17 by webmaster - Category: races