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Such was the extent of Pascal Wehrlein’s back injury that the Sauber driver has revealed that his team did not expect him to be back in the car before the Spanish GP.
The ultra-soft tyre option has proven to be very popular with teams ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.
Sauber have held up their hand over Pascal Wehrlein’s Spanish GP penalty, saying it was a late call by the team that resulted in his error and the loss of P7.
Pascal Wehrlein has said he “could not be happier” after climbing from P15 to finish P8 at the Spanish Grand Prix to collect Sauber’s first points of the season.
Carlos Sainz qualified P12 for his home grand prix, while the pressure mounts on Jolyon Palmer with another Q1 exit.
Force India had a pretty forgettable opening day in Spain, while McLaren’s ongoing problems gave Fernando Alonso time for a spot of tennis.
Christian Horner, Maurizio Arrivabene and Monisha Kaltenborn sit down with the press following FP2 in Spain.
With a first round of updates for the Sauber C36, Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein are confident of taking a step forward at the Spanish GP.
Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn has said that the team are “open to anything” with Honda, including giving opportunities to Japanese drivers.
Despite Honda’s troubles, Marcus Ericsson believes Sauber have made the “right decision” in signing with the Japanese manufacturer for 2018.