The Sauber F1 Team had a productive and busy first day of testing in Jerez in Southern Spain with the young Mexican, Sergio Pérez, covering 94 laps in total at the wheel of the Sauber C30-Ferrari.

Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera / 4.428 km

Driver: Sergio Pérez (MX)

Weather: Sunny and dry, air 5-19°C, track 7-28°C

Chassis / engine: C30.02 / Ferrari 056

Mileage today: 61 laps in the morning, 33 laps in the afternoon

Fastest lap: 1:21.483 min (in the morning)

James Key (Technical Director):
“Today was a productive day for us. In the morning we started off with some base line runs. Before we concentrated on set-up and worked on the braking system we also planned to run out of fuel, which was why the car stopped out on the track. In the afternoon we carried out back to back comparisons to learn more about the mechanical set up of the car. Although there were several red flags in the afternoon, we have found some good directions for further work. We only used the medium and hard tyre compounds today. In the afternoon we used no more than three sets of the harder ones, and they certainly degrade, but not so badly that we could not learn anything from them. Sergio concluded the day with practice starts and will continue to drive tomorrow.”

Sergio Pérez:
“I’m very happy with how the day went. We covered a good mileage today and again I learnt a lot. I’m getting more and more confident with all the procedures with the team and the car. I’m looking forward to another busy day tomorrow.”

What comes next:
After Sergio Pérez’ second day of testing in Jerez tomorrow, his team mate Kamui Kobayashi will take over driving duties for the 12th and 13th February.