Test 1 in Barcelona – Day 2
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team had another positive day of testing ahead of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 Championship. Charles Leclerc spent his first day of winter testing in the cockpit of the new C37. Throughout the day, he focused on aerodynamic and mechanical tests, and completed a total of 81 laps.
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Charles Leclerc
Weather: cloudy and dry/light rain/snow; air 3° – 7°C, track 4° – 10°C
Chassis / engine: C37-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 81 laps, 377.055 km
Fastest lap: 1:22.721 min (P10, soft tyres)
Programme: aerodynamic and mechanical tests, tyre work
Charles Leclerc (car number 16):
“First of all, it is great to be back racing after a long winter break. Overall, it was a very positive first day of testing for me. Although the weather conditions were not ideal, with low temperatures and even some snow in the afternoon, I was able to develop a better sense of what the car behaves like on track. We completed a good number of laps, completing aerodynamic and mechanical tests throughout the day. The C37 has potential, and I look forward to driving again on my second day of test 1.”
Jörg Zander, Technical Director:
“It was another positive day of testing – despite the low temperatures and tricky weather conditions. Building on the data we collected yesterday, we continued our programme by doing set-up work and taking aerodynamic measurements. In the morning, we were not able to run as many laps as expected due to the weather. In the afternoon, we focused on long runs while testing different tyre compounds. It was important for Charles to get used to the new car as well as to the team procedures. Overall, a productive day.”
On test day 3, Marcus Ericsson will be back in the C37 on the Circuit de Catalunya.