The Sauber F1 Team’s new driver Pascal Wehrlein drove the new Ferrari powered C36 for the first time on the opening day of the second winter test at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Spain on Tuesday.
Wehrlein completed 47 laps and set the 11th fastest time of the day with a 01:21.336s and speaking following his first day in the car, the German commented by saying:
First of all I am very happy, to be back in the Sauber F1 Team as a race driver after my back problems. It was a real good feeling to be on track in the new car and getting back on the pace – and to get the first impression of the Sauber C36-Ferrari. During the session this morning it was just to get familiar with the procedures of the new car. Now I am looking forward to being back on track tomorrow.
Marcus Ericsson was in the car in the afternoon, completing 53 laps setting the 12th fastest time with a 01:23.630s and speaking following his time in the car, the Swedish driver commented by saying:
I took over the car in the afternoon with some new aero parts, which made the car feel quite different compared to last week. We also worked on the set-up preparation for the season opener in Melbourne. Overall it was an interesting day, but not the smoothest one. We have to do some work overnight to analyse all the data to make the car more driveable for us drivers tomorrow.
On Wednesday, the team will once again have Pascal Wehrlein in the car in the morning with Marcus Ericsson taking over in the afternoon.