With today’s session, winter testing in preparation for the 2018 FIA Formula 1 season has come to an end. The final day of T02 on the Circuit de Catalunya was driven by Charles Leclerc.
The young Monégasque driver completed 75 laps throughout the day. His running time was cut short due to a minor incident in the morning, in which he went off track and touched the barriers. With reduced track-time, the work was mainly focused on aerodynamic and mechanical tests, as well as tyre work.
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Charles Leclerc
Weather: sunny and dry; air 9° – 21°C, track 12° – 28°C
Chassis / engine: C37-02 / Ferrari
Laps today: 75 laps, 349.125 km
Fastest lap: 1:19.118 min (P9, hypersoft tyres)
Programme: aerodynamic and mechanical tests, tyre work
Charles Leclerc: “Today’s session was not ideal. It was unfortunate that we lost some track time after I ran off the track in the morning. I was back on track in the afternoon and completed some runs testing different tyres. It was interesting to drive on the hypersoft compound for the first time in this car. Overall, the test has been quite positive for me. I accumulated good mileage and gained some valuable experience in the C37. I look forward to my first race in Melbourne now.”
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal: “The past two weeks of testing have been useful for us. We got a first impression of the C37, and our drivers have gained an understanding of how it behaves on track. Our drivers have been working together well and have given productive feedback to the engineering team after each session. In addition to the data that we collected, their input will be crucial in making the final preparations for our first GP at the end of this month. The race weekend in Melbourne will be a first step in the development of this new project, the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, and I look forward to seeing it progress during the season.”