MONTMELO, SPAIN - MARCH 01: Marcus Ericsson of Sweden driving the (9) Sauber F1 Team Sauber C36 Ferrari on track during day three of Formula One winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March 1, 2017 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The Sauber Formula One squad had a positive day of testing on Wednesday as they undertook an intensive programme for Marcus Ericsson.

The Swede was able to complete a total of 126 laps overall on day three, making him the second busiest driver in terms of the amount of laps completed.

The Hinwil based squad continued its extensive analysis of the Sauber C36-Ferrari by continuing with aero tests, set-up work and comparing different tyre compounds as well as focusing on short and long runs.

“It was a very positive day,” Marcus said. “We had a trouble-free day in which I managed to run 126 laps overall. It was very important that we could work through the planned programme without having issues with the car. I tested several tyre compounds today, and it was interesting to compare them on different stint lengths – on short as well as long runs. We had an intensive programme today, during which we learned a lot. We have loads of data to analyse in order to get a better understanding of the car.”

Fast facts:
Circuit de Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Marcus Ericsson
Weather: sunny and dry; air 8° – 20°C, track 10° – 28°C
Chassis / engine: Sauber C36-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 126 laps, 586.530 km
Fastest lap: 1:21.824 min (P6, supersoft tyres)
Programme: aero tests, set-up work, tyre work, race preparation

For the final test day of this week, Antonio Giovinazzi will be back behind the wheel of the Sauber C36-Ferrari once again.