The race in Baku will be our first street race of the season. It is quite a cool track, with a good mix of high-speed sectors and challenging corners.
In an eventful and hectic 2018 Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix, the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team experienced two different sides to the race. Starting with a one pit stop strategy (from soft to medium tyres), Charles Leclerc showed a good and consistent pace in the first stint on soft tyres, and recovered positions, while Marcus Ericsson showed a strong midfield pace in the second part of the race on medium tyres. The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team leaves Shanghai with Marcus Ericsson having finished in 16th and Charles Leclerc in 19th place. The young Monegasque driver experienced some issues with the balance of his car, after spinning off during his second stint and picking up damage to his floor. The team is analysing the collected data and starting their preparations for the next race which will take place on the Baku City Circuit.
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team shone under the Bahrain floodlights with a fantastic 9th place for Marcus Ericsson, who scored the team’s first points of the season, and 14th for Charles Leclerc, recovering important positions in a hectic race, where tyre choice and pit stop strategy played crucial roles.
After a solid Friday, the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team continued to work in preparation for the race in FP3 with good results, and Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc headed into the qualifying sessions feeling very motivated.
It was a good start to the weekend for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team at the Bahrain International Circuit. Marcus Ericsson focussed on mechanical work during FP1 while Charles Leclerc completed aerodynamic testing. During FP2, both drivers completed short-runs in preparation for tomorrow’s qualifying. At the end of session the drivers completed a practice of red flag procedures.
Marcus Ericsson knows the track very well and he is confident for the race weekend. Charles Leclerc knows the circuit from competing there in Formula 2 and he has good memories on this track as last year he disputed one of the best races.
Jörg Zander, Technical Director: “I’m very much looking forward to the arrival of Jan Monchaux as the new Head of Aerodynamics. It marks an important step of a wider project that aims at strengthening and implementing the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team in line with the targets and the results we want to achieve on tracks”.
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team showed progress throughout the weekend with the race looking promising as Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc lapped with good pace. Ericsson made a good start and had already gained one position to 16th when he had to retire on lap six due to a hydraulic issue on his car, which is now undergoing further investigation. On the other side of the garage, debut Formula 1 racer Charles Leclerc had a strong race during which he put in a consistent performance that enabled him to finish 13th. The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team leaves Australia feeling positive and heading to Bahrain with confidence for the second round of the FIA Formula 1 Championship.
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):C37 (Chassis 03/Ferrari)Qualifying: 17th in Q1 (1:24.556 min / ultrasoft tyres) 3rd practice: 3th (1:28.890 min / ultrasoft tyres / 14 laps) “The work done overnight by the engineers on track and at the headquarters in Switzerland paid off. All in all it was a good qualifying today. We have made good progress since yesterday when we were quite a long way off the competition. We should be proud of the work that we have put in since then because it made a big difference. We are still not where we want to be, but today we were really close to Q2. We do have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are in the fight which is nice to see. Overall, I am happy with the progress and I look forward to the first race of the season”
Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team ready to start the 2018 racing season in Australia
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 kmDriver: Marcus EricssonWeather: sunny and dry; air 12° – 20°C, track 13° – 28°CChassis / engine: C37-02 / FerrariLaps today: 120 laps, 558.600 kmFastest lap: 1:21.706 min (P11, supersoft tyres) Programme: aerodynamic and mechanical tests, tyre work
The 24-year-old Colombian started her racing career when she was nine years old, winning multiple National Championships in her native Country and in the United States. She stepped up to single seaters in the Star Mazda Series, part of the road to Indy Program in America, before moving to Europe where she has competed in different Championships such as Euroformula Open, British F3, FIA F3 and GP3. Some of her recent career highlights include podium finishes in British F3, and in the Euroformula open, 2nd overall in the 2016 MRF challenge and a podium in the last round of the prestigious World Series Formula V8 in 2017. For the 2018 season, Tatiana is competing in the GP3 Series again, in addition to her engagement with the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team as Test Driver.
In addition to becoming Promotional Partner of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, Garage Italia will feature their logo in the position of the chin on Charles Leclerc’s helmet for the 2018 FIA Formula 1 season.
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