French Grand Prix - Practice
The return of the French Grand Prix after 28 years to the Circuit Paul Ricard circuit was kicked off with the first full day of on-track activities, which gave the participating teams an opportunity to learn about the track itself, as well as the performance of their cars at his location. Charles Leclerc showed a strong performance throughout the day, reporting that the track is a challenge that he is excited to learn more about and tackle over this weekend. Marcus Ericsson had a positive first free practice session, before an unfortunate incident left his car damaged and prevented him from participating the second session. The team is analysing the collected data to learn as much as possible about this newly entered track, and optimize their performance for the rest of the weekend.
Weather: FP1: sunny and dry/windy, 25-28°C air, 44-50°C track; FP2: sunny and dry/windy, 27-29°C air, 47-52°C track
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
C37 (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
1st practice: 14th / 1:34.592 min (21 laps)
“It is a disappointing outcome for me, as I did not participate in the second free practice session today. FP1 looked quite promising. We had some updated parts on the car, and it felt like we made another step forward there. As we were starting to feel more and more comfortable on track. The wind was affecting the balance but I was coping with it when I suddenly lost the rear of my car entering T11 and crashed into the barriers. We are currently analysing our data to understand what exactly happened. Unfortunately, the incident has compromised our weekend quite a bit. We lost precious time and the mechanics have a lot of work ahead to change the chassis. I look forward to having a more positive day tomorrow.”