Today, the Sauber F1 Team completed the four day test in Jerez de la Frontera with Esteban Gutiérrez at the wheel of the C32. It was another very successful day with 142 laps completed. Esteban tested brakes and had time to familiarise himself with the different tyre compounds. In total drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez completed 430 laps (1904 kilometers) over four days in the new Sauber C32-Ferrari that proved to be extremely reliable right from the beginning. The team is very happy with what it has achieved so far and is looking forward to the test in Barcelona.
Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering : “Another very productive day with 142 laps for Esteban. In the morning we concentrated on set-up work and tyre testing, so that was able to become familiar with all compounds. In the afternoon he did long-runs with pit stops so the team could work on procedures, allowing Esteban to have experience of how the tyres degrade during the long runs. He did an excellent job during the two days. As a team we can be very happy with the four day test. We had a lot of test items to work on which, with excellent car reliability, we were able to get through. Both drivers are giving very good feedback, and are integrating very well with their engineers. For us as a team it was a very encouraging first test. We have a lot of valid data as a basis to make further progress, and we are all looking forward to the next test in Barcelona.”
Esteban Gutiérrez : “It was a very positive day, because we managed to do a lot of laps. We did some new tyre runs at mid-day, and then we did some long runs with high fuel in the afternoon, which gave me the chance to try the car in all different circumstances. It was very interesting for me, because I was able to feel very different things, and I learnt how to adapt my driving style to different situations. It was great to do this at a test, because now I have time to analyse it all and then go to Barcelona on a stronger basis. I’m really happy how things went.“
What comes next: This was the final day of testing in Jerez. The next test will take place on 19th February in Barcelona with Esteban Gutiérrez at the wheel of the Sauber C32 on days one and four, and Nico Hülkenberg on duty on days two and three.