Pascal Wehrlein: “It’s getting better for me day by day”


Pascal Wehrlein completed 59 laps on Wednesday before handing over to team-mate Marcus Ericsson - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Pascal Wehrlein felt it was an extremely positive day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as he got more running for the Sauber F1 Team on Wednesday.

The German drove the car during the morning session at the Spanish circuit, completing 59 laps, and felt he was able to familiarise himself more with the C36-Ferrari as he plays catch up after missing the first test last week due to injury.

“It was a positive day for me,” insisted Wehrlein. “I was able to get more and more familiar with the procedures for the car. I was able to get up to speed running a good amount of laps.

“We had an intensive programme in the morning with set-up work and aero tests, during which we learned a lot. All in all it’s getting better for me day by day.”

Team-mate Marcus Ericsson took over the car for the afternoon session and completed 47 laps, and admitted that some of the things they tried worked better than others, but felt it was important to ensure they know what works and what does not in testing rather than when it really matters in a race weekend.

“It’s been another busy day for us, trying to understand our new car,” said Ericsson. “We both, Pascal and I, have done a lot of laps continuing to evaluate different set-up options.

“Some things we tried were positive, some negative – as it is in testing. We have loads of data to analyse in order to get a better understanding of the car to make progress tomorrow.”