Test 1 in Barcelona – Day 1
The first day of testing ahead of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 Championship was productive for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team. Marcus Ericsson was behind the wheel of the new C37, focusing on completing aerodynamic and mechanical tests. The Swede was able to get a first impression of the team’s new car, completing 63 laps overall.
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Marcus Ericsson
Weather: cloudy and dry/rainy; air 7° – 8°C, track 10° – 18°C
Chassis / engine: C37-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 63 laps, 293.265 km
Fastest lap: 1:23.408 min (P11, soft tyres)
Programme: aerodynamic and mechanical tests
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“It was very exciting to be back on track and drive the C37. Over the course of the day, we gathered some interesting data. The C37 is based on a new concept, both mechanically and aerodynamically. It has been interesting to see how these changes translate to the car’s behaviour on track. We completed a few good runs, however, had to cut the afternoon session short due to the tricky weather conditions at the Circuit de Catalunya. We dealt with low temperatures of both the air and the asphalt, which made it difficult to get the tyres to work properly. Although this was the first day of winter testing it has been a positive and productive day. There is potential in our new car and we have to continue working hard to understand how to unlock it. I look forward to building on this on Wednesday.”
Jörg Zander, Technical Director:
“We had a successful start to winter testing today. In general, our target was to get a first glance and understanding of how the new C37 behaves on track. We worked on the set-up of the car, and made changes to the aerodynamic balance throughout the day. Due to the low temperatures, we had some difficulties in getting the tyres into the right working window. The conditions were not ideal, however, they applied to all of the teams at the circuit. It is positive that we had a trouble-free day without any technical issues. Overall, we can be satisfied with our first day of testing here in Barcelona. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and look forward to the rest of the week.”
Tomorrow, Charles Leclerc will be in the cockpit of the C37 for the second day of winter testing on the Circuit de Catalunya.