08.10.18

Japanese Grand Prix - Qualifying

Unstable weather conditions added an extra challenge to today’s sessions at the highly technical Suzuka Circuit, where strong wind paired with periodic rain made it difficult to achieve consistent performances. The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team headed into FP3 feeling confident of its potential, and both drivers used the session to practice short runs in preparation for qualifying. For Marcus Ericsson, Q1 took a sudden turn after he spun off track and touched the barriers, bringing his session to an early end. Despite a tricky qualifying, the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team remains confident of its potential for tomorrow’s race.

Weather: FP3: cloudy and dry/rainy, 25-27°C air, 26-30°C track; Qualifying: cloudy and dry/rainy, 26-27°C air, 27-29°C track

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
C37 (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Qualifying: 20th in Q1 (1:31.213 / supersoft tyres)
3rd practice: 16th (1:32.442 / supersoft tyres / 10 laps)
“It is disappointing to finish like this after a strong weekend. Unfortunately, qualifying did not go as I would have liked it to. It was a tricky day with the weather making it quite challenging to drive. I was carrying a bit too much speed as I approached turn 7, and with the wind being quite strong in that section I spun off track. It is a shame to have a qualifying like this. We will do our best to recover as many positions as possible during tomorrow’s race.”