Nasr completes 88 laps in first day of Sauber running


New Sauber driver Felipe Nasr had his first day of running with the team on Monday in Jerez.

The Brazilian was second on the timesheets with a best time of 1:21.867 after 88 laps, ending almost a full second behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

But with times secondary to data gathering at the first test of the year, having a trouble-free day getting acquainted with the systems was the primary goal.

“It was a great day. I was able to complete a lot of laps, and I was happy with everything I saw,” Nasr said in a team release. “I was getting used to the systems, the procedures and the characteristics of the car. It was definitely a good start to understand where we are now.

“It was important for me to get used to this new environment, but after such a long day, with both dry and wet conditions, I was able to adapt to all the situations. Now we can start working on the details.”

The former Williams reserve driver and Swede Marcus Ericsson are Sauber’s two new drivers for 2015. Nasr continues in the car on Tuesday.