On the second test day in Bahrain, the Sauber F1 Team ran through a shortened test programme with a positive outcome. After having issues with the power unit in the morning, the team was forced to interrupt the session for approximately two hours. The team could not therefore continue with the planned aero measurements. In the afternoon, test and reserve driver Giedo van der Garde continued with testing different set-ups and doing long runs. In total, the Dutchman completed 77 laps.
- Circuit: Bahrain International Circuit / 5.412 km
- Driver: Giedo van der Garde
- Weather: Sunny, air 31-37 °C, track 32-44 °C
- Chassis / engine: C33-03 / Ferrari
- Laps today: 77 laps, 416.724 km
- Fastest lap: 1:37.623
Paul Russell, Test Engineer: “Overall it was a good day. In the morning, we had issues with the power unit, so we lost about two hours solving the problem. However, we had a good afternoon. We worked on the car set-up and also the qualifying settings. Towards the end of the day, we did some long runs during which we were working on the race performance. It was great that Giedo could have more experience with the car. He has started to feel comfortable with all the control panels and also with the team. We found a couple of things today which are quite interesting and helpful.”
Giedo van der Garde: “All in all, it was a positive day. Unfortunately, we could only run a few laps before the lunch break. However, in the afternoon we could start our test programme, and I think we did a lot of work today. For me, it was good to be back in the car. I had the chance to drive the car all day in comparison to the 20 laps I did in FP1 last Friday. I am satisfied with where we are right now. We found something interesting during the long runs in the end. Besides that, I think the performance run was also quite good as it was during the hottest part of the day, so the time was pretty good. All in all, I am happy that I got the chance to drive the C33 again and I am looking forward to being back behind the wheel for FP1 in China.”
What comes next: The Sauber F1 Team will be travelling to the UBS Chinese Grand Prix, the fourth round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, which will take place from the 18th to 20th of April 2014 at the Shanghai International Circuit.