After conducting some running in Fiorano back in April, former Indycar driver, Simona de Silvestro completed another series of running, this time in Valencia.
The test sessions took place from Wednesday until Friday. The Swiss driver completed 313 laps altogether. Due to strict restrictions however, Sauber had to bring out its Sauber C31, a two-year-old V8 powered car.
Test engineer Paul Russel was delighted with the way how the ploy in Spain went. “We continued where we ended it in Fiorano.” They had been working on qualifying-simulations on Friday morning which proved to be useful for Simona to try and get a feeling how to make the most out of the tyres over one lap.
“In the afternoon we tried out a few setups, then we conducted some longer runs on different fuel loads, while we concentrated on race pace and tyre management.” – said Russel.
Simona was happy about the opportunity and had felt comfortable inside the car. “I think the three days were pretty good, I could collect lots of milages and try different things to get a good feeling for the car. I feel like at home in the cockpit which is just great!”
Sauber plans another test for de Silvestro for August.