After having failed to score in any of the first four races, the progress that Sauber has experienced with their improvements, and that he was able to intuit in the classification of Montmeló, was assisted in the race by the incidents and opportune to have a Virtual Safety Car. All of this, added to a one pit stop strategy, was the key to that Pascal Wehrlein able to successfully finish the race in eighth place and score four points.
The German came to go to sixth during the test, and managed to retain in track to the seventh position against the attacks of the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz. However, Wehrlein had previously received a penalty of five seconds by logging in to the pits without passing to the right of the bollard that marks the entrance to the pit lane. Despite this, Wehrlein has managed to the best result of the team from the sixth place Felipe Nasr in Russia 2015, and the first points for Sauber in Barcelona since 2012, when Kamui Kobayashi was fifth.
The German clarified after the race that the violation of the provisions of the bollard is due to the fact that his team told him too late that you made your pit stop. Given the urgency of the request, and chose to enter in to the garage anyway, considering that do not make your only stop at this moment could cost you more time that the possible penalty
“I Received the order when it was already on the last bend. When they told me so late that it was important to enter, I knew that I had past the bollard, but if not stopped in that round, all those behind me would advance, so it was the only chance to get some points. I had expected a punishment, and hoped that she would be for the next race, or a fine for the team, but I’m happy with the five seconds, is better than a drive through”
Since then, Wehrlein clung to his position, looking for a sufficient gap with the men behind: “at The end, Sainz put a lot of pressure, and tried many times, but it was very important to keep you behind and then open up a gap to those behind the sanction. In the end, I tried to have a bigger advantage, every lap was like qualifying. I am very pleased that the performance of the car was there. In addition, the one pit stop strategy worked to perfection until the end of the race. We could not have hoped for a result like that after the free”.
again, the fortune turned to be elusive Marcus Ericsson, who lost his land valuable when making your last stop too late, so that the end of the period of the Virtual Safety Car was caught coming out of the pit. All in all, the pilot Swedish ended at the doors of the points, in eleventh place, equalling his best result of the past year, which has been his best performance in the design of Barcelona.
“Personally, I felt good in this race, but I was in the wrong place at the wrong time”, said Ericsson at the end of the test. “My stop ended just when it started the period of the Virtual Safety Car, and lost a bit of time there. Luck is not on my side for now. However, many congratulations to the entire team, in the circuit and in the factory. Today we have been rewarded for the hard work. It’s great for the team that Pascal added four points. In general, it is a good achievement”.