Sauber: A day that was very compromised
Difficult conditions during both practice sessions for the Russian Grand Prix. FP1 was delayed by 30 minutes due to a diesel spillage on the circuit.
Track conditions during the shortened one hour session were slippery mainly in sector two, therefore, proper running was limited. In the afternoon the expected rain arrived for FP2 which again compromised today’s programme.
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9): “Obviously a day that was very compromised. In the morning I did some laps in half-dry conditions. As there was diesel on the track, I had to go quite slowly in these corners. At the end of FP1 I had an issue with the clutch, so I could not run at that time when the track was in its best condition. For FP2 we were able to solve that issue. Later in FP2 it was just wet. As the weather forecast for the rest of the weekend seems to be dry, we preferred to save mileage for tomorrow.”
Felipe Nasr (car number 12): “Unfortunately, the track and weather conditions in both practice sessions compromised the programme we had planned for today. Nevertheless, we were able to get a few laps in this morning in order to do system checks on the car. I am sure we will have a busy FP3 tomorrow collecting information on short and long runs, as well as working on the set-up of the car.”