estebanEsteban 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.

 

Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera, 4.428 km

 

Driver: Esteban Gutiérrez

 

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

 

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.“

 

What comes next: Esteban Gutiérrez will be at the wheel of the Sauber C32 for the final day of testing in Jerez de la Frontera tomorrow.

 

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