The Sauber F1 Team experienced a rather difficult second day of testing in Valencia, and covered no more than 42 laps. Despite this, the team’s new rookie driver, Sergio Pérez from Mexico, had his first driving experience at the wheel of the new Sauber C30-Ferrari.
Some technical issues have to be resolved overnight, and the team faces a busy programme tomorrow (Thursday), which will be the third and final day of winter testing on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
James Key, Technical Director: “In the morning Sergio started off for his first time in the car. The first seven runs were devoted to aerodynamic checks and consistant speed running. We then had some issues with the rear bodywork of the car, which needed time to be fixed. Then unfortunately we suffered a power train issue early in the afternoon, the reason for which we are trying to trace. It was a difficult day compared to yesterday, and it is a shame Sergio wasn’t able to get in more laps. We didn’t do any performance or set up running. But it is only day two of the first test, and that is how winter testing can be. That is simply the nature of early testing. We will work hard tonight to resolve the issues and plan a full programme for tomorrow.”
Sergio Pérez: “It was a difficult day with not much running and we obviously could not complete our programme. But for me it was still good to get my first laps in the new car, and I am beginning to feel confident with it. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and hope we can do a lot of running with proper set up work.”
What comes next
For the third and final day of testing in Valencia Sergio Pérez (MX) will be in the car again.