(Sauber F1 Team)
The Sauber F1 Team had a great opening day as winter testing got underway in Jerez on Sunday. Marcus Ericsson was behind the wheel of the Ferrari C34, completing 73 laps with a fastest time of 1m 22.777s to end the day in second place just behind Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Speaking following today’s running the Swedish driver stated:
‘It was a very good day. First of all it was great to be back in the car after the winter break. I think we have good reasons to be happy. We were able to complete a lot of laps, and we went through quite a few different small tweeks on the set-up and did all the installations needed. There were no major problems with the car, which was really the main thing. Overall it’s been a good day, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the week. I hope we can continue like this.’
The Swiss based outfit head into the new season with a host of new sponsors which include Banco Do Brasil which has resulted in the new blue and yellow livery. The new car ran with no mechanical issues and speaking about the running on day one, Head of Track Engineering Giampaolo Dall’Ara commented saying:
‘Today we started with a normal roll-out programme with some functionality checks, which we were able to cut to the mimum, because the car was working well from the beginning. We had some longer breaks, just to do some thorough checks on the car.
In the afternoon we went a bit deeper in by exploring the balance and checking some different tyre compounds. Towards the end we did some longer runs. We are happy that the car is working, and, compared to last year, we can see the improvements. Overall it was definitely a positive day.’
The Sauber F1 Team have two new drivers for 2015 with Marcus Ericsson and Formula One rookie Felipe Nasr joining the team from Williams Martini Racing. The Brazilian will be in the car on Monday as winter testing continues at the Jerez circuit.
© Ben Johnston 2015