Test 4 in Budapest – Day 1
The first day of testing at the Hungaroring ran smoothly for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team. Marcus Ericsson sat in the cockpit of the C37, and completed a total of 95 laps throughout the day, finishing second in the classification with a laptime of 1:18.155 on hypersoft tyres. Despite the brief interruption caused by rain, the team completed the majority of the planned programme which consisted of mechanical set-up work, testing of new aerodynamic parts, as well as runs on various tyre compounds. The collected data will now be analysed, and the team will prepare the programme for the second day of testing tomorrow.
Antonio Giovinazzi will take over the cockpit of the C37 for the second day of Test 4 in Budapest.
Circuit: Hungaroring / 4.381 km
Driver: Marcus Ericsson
Weather: sunny and dry, short rain shower; air 25-32°C, track 33-60 °C
Chassis / engine: C37-03 / Ferrari
Laps today: 95 laps, 416,195 km
Fastest lap: 1:18.155 min (P2, hypersoft tyres)
Programme: aerodynamic and mechanical tests, tyre work
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
“It was a productive day of testing. We almost completed the planned programme, with a short interruption caused by the rain that came suddenly. Thankfully, we managed to conclude the main part before the change in weather, so it didn’t affect us too much. We obtained some interesting results, and tried different set-up options for the second half of the season. Now we have to analyse the results and learn from them. It was a positive way to end the first part of the season. Now it is time to have a small break, and to recharge our batteries for the upcoming set of races. Give it a week and I will not be able to wait until I get back in the car, though. It will be great to come back and drive on one of the best tracks of the season in Spa-Francorchamps.”