Abu Dhabi, 25th November 2014 During the first day of testing in Abu Dhabi, Marcus Ericcson drove the C33 for the first time. The Sauber F1 Team worked on aerodynamic measurements and also focused on testing different tyres. Although, there were minor issues, Marcus went through the planned programme and finished the first day of testing with short runs. The Swede completed a total of 95 laps.
Test in Abu Dhabi Day one
Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit / 5.554 km
Driver: Marcus Ericsson
Weather: Sunny and dry, air 25-33 °C, track 27-42 °C
Chassis / engine: C33-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 95 laps, 527.63 km
Fastest lap: 1:46.253 min
Paul Russell, Test Engineer:
It was a good day, although in the afternoon we had some technical issues, and in general there were many red flags but it did not affect our programme massively. It was good to start working with Marcus, and it was important for him to drive the C33, start the process of working together and also to learn the car. We got quite a lot of aero work done today, and collected a lot of valuable data. Besides that, we also had a first look into the tyres for the 2015 season. Overall it was quite a mixed programme. It was an interesting day.
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
It was a great day. I did a lot of laps which was the main thing to get used to the car and get to start to work with the team. I am really happy with that. It was a good first day. We focused mainly on aero work for 2015 and also on tyre comparisons. I think everyone is satisfied, and I am also happy about my first laps in the C33.
What comes next
Tomorrow Marcus Ericsson will again be behind the wheel of the Sauber C33-Ferrari.