Difficult Friday for both Sauber drivers at the Hockenheimring


Felipe Nasr leads Marcus Ericsson - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

The Sauber Formula One team had a mixed FP1 and FP2, with both cars and drivers facing issues at the Hockenheimring for the German Grand Prix.

Felipe Nasr had a difficult day, coming nineteenth in FP1 with a time of 1:18.198 minutes and in twenty-second in FP2 with 1:19.295 minutes.

The Brazilian driver complained that he suffered with driveability issues with the Sauber, commenting that: “It was a difficult day for me. I did not feel comfortable in the car. The handling as well as the driveability of the car is quite weak at the moment.

“We were not able to get the tyres to work properly, likewise with the set-up of the car. We will look into different areas of the car to understand where the issues come from. We need to sort it out for the rest of the weekend.”

Despite also having issues with the car in the form of a fuel pump issue at the end of FP2, Marcus Ericsson fared slightly better than his teammate, coming eleventh in FP1 with a time of 1:18.198 minutes, and 18th in FP2, with 1:18.130 minutes.

Ericsson seemed positive about his performance and his mileage, having done 28 laps in both practice sessions: “It’s been a decent Friday. I was able to run a good amount of laps in both sessions. We tried the new rear wing again in FP1, and finally see the numbers we want to.

“We will continue with our in-depth analysis, but it seems to be a step forward. We also plan to keep this rear wing for the rest of this weekend, which is a positive sign. Let’s see where we stand tomorrow.”

In Free Practice Two, both drivers were able to complete short and long runs on soft and supersoft tyres.