07.03.18

Test 2 in Barcelona – Day 1

The Circuit de Catalunya welcomed the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team back with rays of sunshine for the first day of Test 2. Catching up on the track time that was lost due to the tricky weather conditions during the first week of testing in Barcelona, Marcus Ericsson completed a total of 120 laps in the cockpit of the C37. The team’s main focus today lay in aerodynamic and mechanical testing, as well as tyre work.

Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Marcus Ericsson
Weather: sunny and dry; air 12° – 20°C, track 13° – 28°C
Chassis / engine: C37-02 / Ferrari
Laps today: 120 laps, 558.600 km
Fastest lap: 1:21.706 min (P11, supersoft tyres)
Programme: aerodynamic and mechanical tests, tyre work

Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“Overall, it was a positive day for us. I completed a good number of laps, and the weather conditions were more representative in comparison to last week. We are continuing to understand the car and can see its potential. We have a lot of work ahead of us and are moving in the right direction. I look forward to getting back in the car on Day 3.”

Jörg Zander, Technical Director:
“We had a productive start to Test 2 today. Marcus completed 120 laps, and we collected plenty of useful data. We completed set-up work and tested different tyre compounds, learning about their behaviour on the evolving track conditions throughout the day. The car update worked well, within expectations. The team is on a positive path and I look forward to what we will learn in the upcoming days.”