Chinese Grand Prix - Qualifying
The qualifying session ahead of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix was made more complicated by unfavourable weather and track conditions, with wind and low temperatures presenting an added challenge to teams driving at the Shanghai International Circuit. The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team finished qualifying with Charles Leclerc in P19 and Marcus Ericsson in P20. Although it was not possible to maximise the cars’ performance on the ultrasoft tyres during qualifying, the team remains confident for tomorrow’s race based on the strong pace achieved by both drivers during the long-runs completed on Friday.
Weather: FP3: cloudy and dry, 12-13°C air, 15-16°C track; Qualifying: cloudy and dry, 12-13°C air, 15-17°C track
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
C37 (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 20th in Q1 (1:34.914min / ultrasoft tyres)
3rd practice: 19th (1:35.679 min / ultrasoft tyres / 13 laps)
“It was not the best qualifying session for me. We knew that it would be difficult to get into Q2 because we have been struggling quite a bit on the ultrasoft tyres this weekend. My last lap was looking quite good until I locked up towards the end and had to lift off. We had a good race pace during the two practice sessions yesterday, which is encouraging for tomorrow’s race. I look forward to getting into the fight, and will do the best job possible.”