Formula 1 Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix – Qualifying – Saturday

13.05.2017

Weather: sunny and dry, 23-27°C air, 30-47°C track

The first qualifying session ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix was a close battle between the Sauber F1 Team drivers on the Circuit de Catalunya. In the end it favoured Pascal Wehrlein – the German managed to qualify for Q2 finishing in P15. Marcus Ericsson (P16) missed the second qualifying session only by 0.005 seconds.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 16th in Q1 (1:22.332 min / soft tyres)
3rd practice: 16th (1:22.513 min / soft tyres / 20 laps)
“Overall it has been a positive weekend – bearing in mind that we did not try all the aerodynamic parts on the car yet. We had a good feeling in FP3 and we could underline that as well in qualifying. We are closer to the midfield here in Barcelona, which is a good sign. My aim was to qualify for Q2 today, so I am disappointed to have missed it by only five thousandths. Overall I am satisfied with the progress we have made from a team perspective, but personally it is a pity that I was eliminated in Q1.”

Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 15th in Q2 (1:21.803 min / soft tyres)
3rd practice: 20th (1:22.974 min / soft tyres / 19 laps)
“I am pleased with Q2. After the practice sessions on Friday, we could not have expected such a result. We had some issues with the car yesterday as well as today in FP3 so I was not sure how qualifying would be. The most important was to get the maximum out of the car – which I have done. The team also did a good job considering that we do not have the full update package on the car yet.”