Azerbaijan Grand Prix - Qualifying
The qualifying session ahead of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix represents an important step forward for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team which finished with the rookie Charles Leclerc in Q2 for the first time this season. Finished 14th in the FP3, the Monegasque driver continued improving as track conditions were evolving during the afternoon session and was able to finish in P14 with a lap time of 1’43.752. Marcus Ericsson embarked on qualifying with a different strategy but, due to a combination of factors, was unable to maximise the fast-lap window he had at disposal. His P18 doesn’t reflect his true potential and tomorrow the Swedish driver will take the start confident that he has the pace for a good race. The Baku track layout, which features long straights and slow corners, suits the C37 quite well and both drivers are looking forward to the race. Following Nico Hulkenberg’s penalty that cost him five positions on tomorrow’s grid, Charles Leclerc will take the start from P13.
Weather: FP3: cloudy and dry, 24-25°C air, 28-31°C track; Qualifying: cloudy and dry, 22-23°C air, 26-27°C track
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9): C37 (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 18th in Q1 (1:45.541 min / ultrasoft tyres)
3rd practice: 19th (1:45.910 min / ultrasoft tyres / 17 laps)
“It was an unlucky qualifying for me, with many factors that influenced the outcome. There was also quite a bit of traffic for me. Then, I missed a good lap in Q1 after locking up. At the end of Q1, I tried my best to put together a good lap but I wasn’t able to finish it by a couple of seconds. Quite a disappointing session for me. On the bright side, we can see that we have good potential on the track. We have been quite competitive all weekend, so we are optimistic for tomorrow and will give everything to come back strong.”