Test in Barcelona – Day Two
1st March 2013 – In the morning the track was wet again, and Nico used the opportunity to mainly work on the full wet and intermediate tyres. In the course of the afternoon, the track dried out for some time, which enabled him to get more experience on how to manage the dry tyres. Nico was able to complete 79 laps.
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya, 4.655 km
Driver: Nico Hülkenberg
Weather: overcast and rainy in the morning, mainly dry in the afternoon; air 8-12°C, track 8 -13°C
Chassis/engine: C32-2/Ferrari 056
Laps today: 79
Fastest lap: 1:23.744
Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering : “It was good for Nico to try the intermediate and full wet tyres in the morning. Once the track had dried out we got straight into our dry weather test plan, making the most of the reduced track time that the poor weather costs us. We have plenty of data to analyse tonight in preparation for Esteban’s final day tomorrow. Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us for the rest of the test.
Nico Hülkenberg: “It was a difficult day with changing track conditions, and it was very windy as well. This made it very challenging to do precise testing and get perfect results, but I think we made the best out of it and gathered a lot of data which the engineers can now analyse. I’m satisfied with the pace we had in dry conditions, however, we need to do more work on the intermediate tyres, where we have definitely more potential to exploit.“
What comes next: Tomorrow, Esteban Gutiérrez will be at the wheel of the Sauber C32 for his final day of testing before the Australian Grand Prix.