Hungarian Grand Prix - Practice

It was a productive day at the Hungaroring for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team. The first free practice session saw Marcus Ericsson and Antonio Giovinazzi in the cockpits of the two C37s. With torrid temperatures and demanding track conditions posing a challenge, both drivers reported having to focus on managing the tyres especially well. Unfortunately, Marcus Ericsson’s FP1 session was cut short due to some minor damage caused to the tyres by his spin. Antonio Giovinazzi gave a consistent performance, and supported the team by completing the planned programme, and giving his feedback following his free practice session.

The second free practice session ahead of the 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix saw Charles Leclerc take over the cockpit of his C37. Both Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc report having some work to do in optimizing their performances for the rest of the weekend, but look towards tomorrow’s session with optimism.

Weather: FP1: sunny and dry, 27-29°C air, 39-49°C track; FP2: sunny and dry, 27-32°C air, 37-51°C track

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
C37 (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
1st practice: 20th / 1:20.697 min (12 laps) / 2nd practice: 16th / 1:19.043 min (42 laps)
“It was a mixed day for me. FP1 was a bit messy, with some spins that damaged my tyres. We could not run as much as we wanted to after that, so it was not the best first session. We made up for it in FP2, where we completed a good number of laps. We have some work to do overnight, and will do our best to optimise for tomorrow.”