Difficult day for Sauber as rain disrupts aero tests

While rain played havoc with the opening day of the 2015 Japanese Grand Prix the Sauber F1 team turned in a total of 43 laps over the two practice sessions.

With Qualifying and Race day forecast for dry weather the teams were reluctant to spend too much time on track, Sauber had to abandon planned aero tests but did get some track time on wet and intermediate tyres.

“It was a difficult day because of the rainy weather conditions” admitted Marcus Ericsson. “We did some running on intermediate as well as wet tyres, from which we collected some useful information. For the rest of the weekend, according the weather forecast, the conditions seem to be dry.”

Felipe Nasr added “Although we had wet conditions in both free practice sessions, I am still satisfied I was able to run a few laps. As it is a new circuit for me, it is important to learn it as quickly as possible.

“We were able to collect some data in the wet, which can be useful in the future for the next sessions. Tomorrow hopefully I will get a first taste of the track in dry conditions. This will be a different experience which I am looking forward to.”