The Sauber F1 Team had a very limited programme due to the weather during Friday’s on track action ahead of Sunday’s season opening Australian Grand Prix meaning that they were they restricted in what they could learn.
In free practice one, Marcus Ericsson ended the session in 15th place with a time of 1m 37.956s while in the second session he didn’t set a time. Speaking afterwards he said:
That was obviously not the best start to the new season, but we have no control when it comes to the weather. At least we were able to run some laps in the morning to get a good feel that everything works well on the car side. In FP2 we decided not to go out because of the rain and the strong wind. We are looking forward to the rest of the weekend and we will see what tomorrow brings.
Felipe Nasr had a slightly better start to his Australian Grand Prix weekend as the Brazilian set the 13th fastest time of session with a 1m 34.796s while in the second session, he too like Ericsson did not run. Speaking following the day of on track activity, Nasr stated:
It was not the Friday we were hoping for. In FP1 we were able to do some installation checks on the car. It will be important to be as productive as possible tomorrow as we have to put more mileage on the car. I am confident that the conditions will improve throughout the weekend.