Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Practice

The practice sessions ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix went according to plan for the Sauber F1 Team. As the final race of the season starts at sunset and finishes in the dark, the FP2 session was more crucial in terms of temperatures and track conditions for Sunday as well as for qualifying tomorrow. As usual, the second free practice was mainly about race preparation with short and long-runs on all three tyre compounds: soft, supersoft and ultrasolft tyres.

Weather: FP1: dry, 30-32°C air, 34-38°C track; FP2: dry, 27-25°C air, 30-27°C track

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
Sauber C35-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari)
1st practice: 10th / 1:45.168 min (20 laps) / 2nd practice: 19th / 1:44.045 min (34 laps)
“It’s been a mixed day. It was looking good on the soft and supersoft compounds, but for some reason we were struggling to get the ultrasoft tyres to work. Especially on the low fuel run in FP2, we struggeled to get the grip needed. That’s the challenge for us going forward tomorrow, as there is surely room for improvement on the ultrasoft compound. Nevertheless, I was able to run a fair amount of laps. We will look in more detail into the data, and I am confident that we can find some things to improve.”