Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix – Practice – Friday

06.10.2017

Weather: FP1: cloudy and light rain, 19-20°C air, 23-24°C track; FP2: cloudy and heavy rain, 15-16°C air, 17-18°C track

During the first practice session ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, the Sauber F1 Team tested a new front wing and focused on mechanical tests. The planned programme for FP2 could not be run in the afternoon, as heavy rainfall led to a delay of 45 minutes.

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari)
1st practice: 20th / 1:33.397 min (28 laps) / 2nd practice: no timed lap (3 laps)
“FP1 was ok – with stable track conditions, we were able to test different car set-ups and obtain some data there. It rained all through FP2, so we were unable to run our programme – that was a shame, and did not just affect us but everyone in the paddock. We are going to pick up where we left off in FP1 during the third free practice tomorrow, and work on making some improvements for the rest of the weekend.”

Pascal Wehrlein (car number 94):
Sauber C36-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari)
1st practice: 19th / 1:32.897 min (29 laps) / 2nd practice: no timed lap (2 laps)
“FP1 went quite smoothly for me. I felt comfortable in the car and was satisfied with the car balance. It is unfortunate that we could not have more time on track due to the rain in FP2. I am looking forward to more track action tomorrow. Let’s see what the day will bring.”