Today was the fourth and final day of pre-season testing in Jerez with Kamui Kobayashi at the wheel of the Sauber C30-Ferrari. The Sauber F1 Team lost some track time in the afternoon due to a power train related issue, but overall has reached a positive conclusion about lessons learnt in Southern Spain.
Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera / 4.428 km
Driver: Kamui Kobayashi (JP)
Weather: Cloudy, some rain at the end, air 10-18°C, track 10-20°C
Chassis / engine: C30.02 / Ferrari 056
Mileage today: 86 laps
Fastest lap: 1:20.601 min (in the morning)
Giampaolo Dall’Ara (Head of Track Engineering):
“Today we had to stop early because of a power train related problem, but still we have covered a reasonable mileage. We started in the morning with runs of about eight laps each on the hard Pirelli tyre compound to test mechanical set-up options. After 11am we did one single run on super soft tyres, and then worked again on the car’s set-up on harder tyres. After lunch we did long runs with medium and hard tyres, the longest distance being 18 laps. Kamui also had an off today and got stuck in gravel, but without damaging the car. Because we had to finish early we had no running in the wet at the end. Overall we had very good track conditions in Jerez and did a lot of tyre evaluation, worked on systems and set-up. While it was also good for Kamui to work with the new systems, it was even more important and a really positive experience for the team to do some proper work with our new driver, Sergio, here in Jerez. More mileage in total would have been appreciated, but there are more tests to come.”
“For me these two days have been very interesting. Although we lost track time today, we still covered some good mileage and I have learnt a lot more about the character of the new tyres. We still have to work hard but to me it was a positive test.”
What comes next:
The driver line-up for next week’s test in Barcelona is as follows: 18th/19th Kamui Kobayashi, 20th/21th Sergio Pérez.