09.04.18

Bahrain Grand Prix - Qualifying

After a solid Friday, the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team continued to work in preparation for the race in FP3 with good results, and Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc headed into the qualifying sessions feeling very motivated. With positive first runs, Q2 seemed within reach, but on the last run, when the drivers returned to the track after a brief disruption following a red flag, they struggled with grip more than expected. Despite that, the team remains confident for the race, knowing that tyre selection will be a crucial factor in the outcome of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

Weather: FP3: sunny and dry, 29-30°C air, 36-41°C track; Qualifying: sunny and dry, 28-29°C air, 31-32°C track

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
C37 (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 17th in Q1 (1:31.063 min / supersoft tyres)
3rd practice: 16th (1:31.859 min / supersoft tyres / 17 laps)
“Today we decided with the team to focus more on the race preparation and FP3 was a really good session; we were really in the fight here. In qualifying as well, we were fighting in the midfield. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to make that extra step up towards the end of Q1 as our competitors did. It’s a bit disappointing to be out in Q1 because it felt like Q2 may have been possible – but at the end, it feels good to see that we are making progress. We worked a lot on race set-up and I am expecting us to be fighting in the midfield during the race tomorrow, so let’s see what is possible.”