Esteban Gutiérrez was behind the wheel of the Sauber C32-Ferrari for the first time today. He immediately felt comfortable in the car and was able to complete a comprehensive programme over 110 laps, which included aerodynamic measurements, tyre and brake material testing and several long runs with high fuel loads, without any technical problems.
Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering : "Another good day and 110 laps completed without any reliability problems, which is very encouraging. Esteban has a total of six testing days before going to Melbourne, so we had a comprehensive programme from a driver and car point of view, and we got a lot of that achieved today.
Esteban Gutiérrez: "It was a very positive day with 110 laps. I had the chance to get to know the car and the tyres that are behaving quite differently. Because of this it was important to understand the warm-up characteristics and the behaviour on long runs with high fuel loads. It was very interesting to feel the progress - something that gets me up to speed. I’m positive about the new car and I immediately felt comfortable in it.“
Weather: Sunny all day, air 4-18°C, track 6-26°C
Chassis/engine: C32-2/Ferrari 056
Laps today: 110 laps
Fastest lap : 1:19.934 min