Wehrlein struggling with Sauber set up in Melbourne

Wehrlein, Free Practice 2. Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd.

Sauber F1 Team left the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya disappointed in the car’s balance, but despite their best efforts to make improvements, Pascal Wehrlein is still unhappy in its handling.

Team-mate Marcus Ericsson left the two free practice sessions at Albert Park satisfied with the changes. Unfortunately for Sauber, his positivity was not echoed by Wehrlein.

He was however satisfied with the data that the team had managed to gather over his 52 laps, and is confident that this can be utilised as early as tomorrow morning.

I am not fully satisfied with my first practice sessions today,” he said. “We are still working on finding a suitable set-up for the car, but it was positive that we have gathered some good data in both practice sessions.

“Now we need to focus on tomorrow in order to reach further improvements.”

The German missed half of pre-season testing after sustaining a back injury earlier in the year. The limited time that he has spent in the car compared to Ericsson, making changes from his own feel and experience, may explain the difference in opinion.

Wehrlein finished 18th overall with a best time of 1:26.919.