28 October

Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix – Practice – Friday

Weather: sunny and dry, 16-25°C air, 28-48°C track

The practice sessions ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix went according to programme. In his third FP1 session for the Sauber F1 Team, Charles Leclerc had his first experience of driving on the Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. In the afternoon, Marcus Ericsson took over the cockpit. Together with Pascal Wehrlein, the drivers concentrated on short and long runs in the afternoon, in preparation for the rest of the weekend.

Partner news:
For the second consecutive year, Interproteccion is a Race Partner of the Sauber F1 Team at its home race – the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix. The Interproteccion (“Inter”) logo is visible on the engine cover at the back of the Sauber C36-Ferrari. The Mexican group of companies specialises in insurance brokerage. The successful cooperation between the Sauber F1 Team and “Inter” started in 2011, and goes into its 7th year this season.

Charles Leclerc (car number 37):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
1st practice: 16th / 1:21.446 min (28 laps)
“It was a positive session overall, as I was also able to run the planned programme. The track was a bit slippery due to the low grip. It was a nice experience and the track is fun to drive on; I really liked it. It has a bit of everything, all kinds of corners. I am learning more and more each time I drive the car, and I am really looking forward to getting back into the Sauber C36-Ferrari for the free practice session in Brazil.”

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
2nd practice: 18th / 1:20.362 min (38 laps)
“It was a bit of a challenge for me to only start driving in FP2 today. I had a bit of catching up to do, but I was satisfied with being on the pace quickly. Overall it was a positive day. Unfortunately, I was having some issues with the car throughout the session, and we are working on understanding the causes so that we can improve for tomorrow. Overall, it was a decent session for me.”

Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
1st practice: 14th / 1:20.971 min (30 laps) / 2nd practice: 16th / 1:20.306 min (38 laps)
“Today was an OK day for me. I was able to complete a good number of laps and worked through the programme. In FP1, we tried different set-ups on soft and supersoft tyres, whereas we focused on qualifying and race preparations in the afternoon. Overall it was a productive day. We are going to keep working on our performance, in order to continue the weekend on this positive note.”
posted at 00:45:00 on 10/28/17 by webmaster - Category: races