Marcus Ericsson: “It was a productive day, and for me the best one of the pre-season so far."
Barcelona – The first day of the second test in Barcelona started off well for the the Sauber F1 Team with Marcus Ericsson driving the Sauber C34-Ferrari. In the morning the team was able to do aero measurements and practice starts. After the lunch break Marcus Ericsson went through a race simulation and finished the day with short-runs. The Swede has been the busiest driver of the day, completing 122 laps in total and setting the second fastest lap time overall.
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Marcus Ericsson
Weather: Morning: cloudy and dry/damp, afternoon: cloudy/sunny and dry
Chassis / engine: Sauber C34-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 122 laps, 567.910 km
Fastest lap: 1:24.276 min (P2)
Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering: “It was a good day for us. We completed a race distance and also did short-runs with a bit of a shuffled programme due to the unexpected shower before lunch. In the end it all went well, as we were able to complete the programme.”
Marcus Ericsson: “It was a productive day, and for me the best one of the pre-season so far. The morning went well until the rain came, which forced us to slightly change our plans. In the afternoon we planned a full race simulation, which was a very good exercice for the team to get valuable data. Also for me it was important to get a feeling for the 2015 tyres over a race distance with different fuel loads. We finished the day with short-runs on soft and supersoft tyres. Overall, a positive day during which we have learned a lot. I hope we can continue for the rest of the week in the same way.”
What comes next: Tomorrow, Felipe Nasr will be behind the wheel of the Sauber C34-Ferrari.