(© Ben Johnston 2015)
The Sauber F1 Team had a disrupted opening day to their Barcelona programme as Felipe Nasr was involved in an incident with Williams Martini Racing Team’s Susie Wolff which brought the Brazilian’s day to a premature end following three hours of running.
Nasr completed 79 laps in the C34 with a fastest time of 1m 27.307s which was the fifth fastest time of the day. Speaking following the opening day of on track action he stated:
‘I feel quite comfortable with the car. This morning everything went according to plan, and we were able to go through the planned programme. I think we made steps forward in comparison to Jerez, and we are heading in the right direction. In the afternoon we started the programme as scheduled, but were then stopped by an incident. I think Susie (Wolff) did not see me coming, and then we unfortunately collided in turn five. We had quite a lot of damage to fix, which hurt our programme. Considering the damage, the team did an amazing job to put the car back together in only a few hours. We were able to go out again and complete some checks. Despite the incident, it was a good day and I am positive about what I have seen today. We will keep improving on that.’
The Sauber F1 Team’s Head of Track Engineering Giampaolo Dall’Ara stated:
‘The day started well. The morning went pretty much without trouble, so we were able to fulfil the programme. In the afternoon everything was a bit unfortunate, starting off with the accident which caused a loss of track time. The team did a good job getting the car back for the last half an hour. Obviously, the programme could not be completed, but it was still positive to go out for a few more checks. When we went out late the car was repaired in a rush, and we noticed something that was not normal in the data, therefore we stopped the car on track as a precaution.’
Marcus Ericsson will drive the Ferrari powered C34 for the next two days in Barcelona before Nasr concludes the test on Sunday.
© Ben Johnston 2015