Despite an incident, Sauber's Nasr has a positive test day at Circuit de Catalunya

Due to an incident, Felipe Nasr lost around three hours of track time in the afternoon.

Jerez de la Frontera, 19th February 2015 – Felipe Nasr was behind the wheel of the Sauber C34-Ferrari for the first day of testing in Barcelona. The Sauber F1 Team was able to fulfil its programme in the morning, which consisted of measurements as well as testing different mechanical and aerodynamic set-ups. Due to an incident, Felipe Nasr lost around three hours of track time in the afternoon. In total, the Brazilian completed 79 laps.

Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Felipe Nasr
Weather: Sunny and dry, air 7° – 17 °C, track 11° – 29 °C
Chassis / engine: Sauber C34-02 / Ferrari
Laps today: 79 laps, 367,745 km
Fastest lap: 1:27.307 min

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering: “The day started well. The morning went pretty much without trouble, so we were able to fulfil the programme. In the afternoon everything was a bit unfortunate, starting off with the accident which caused a loss of track time. The team did a good job getting the car back for the last half an hour. Obviously, the programme could not be completed, but it was still positive to go out for a few more checks. When we went out late the car was repaired in a rush, and we noticed something that was not normal in the data, therefore we stopped the car on track as a precaution.”

Felipe Nasr: “I feel quite comfortable with the car. This morning everything went according to plan, and we were able to go through the planned programme. I think we made steps forward in comparison to Jerez, and we are heading in the right direction. In the afternoon we started the programme as scheduled, but were then stopped by an incident. I think Susie (Wolff) did not see me coming, and then we unfortunately collided in turn five. We had quite a lot of damage to fix, which hurt our programme. Considering the damage, the team did an amazing job to put the car back together in only a few hours. We were able to go out again and complete some checks. Despite the incident, it was a good day and I am positive about what I have seen today. We will keep improving on that.”

What comes next: Tomorrow and on Saturday, Marcus Ericsson will be behind the wheel of the Sauber C34-Ferrari.

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Series Formula 1
Event Barcelona F1 testing
Sub-event Testing
Track Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers Marcus Ericsson , Felipe Nasr
Article type Testing report
Tags sauber