Test in Barcelona – Day Three
2nd March 2013 – Finally the conditions were good for testing on day three. Esteban did some aerodynamic tests and then made several runs in qualifying conditions. In the afternoon he did a race simulation which was interrupted by a suspected water leak. Esteban completed 99 laps.
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya, 4.655 km
Driver: Esteban Gutiérrez
Weather: sunny and dry, air 8-18°C, track 10 -25°C
Chassis/engine: C32-2/Ferrari 056
Laps today: 99
Fastest lap: 1:22.553
Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering : “Today was Esteban’s final day of winter testing. Our plan was to simulate qualifying and the race. Unfortunately we had a few reliability issues which we are still investigating. Nevertheless, we completed 99 laps and Esteban’s performance today was good.“
Esteban Gutiérrez: “It was an interesting experience to do a qualifying and race simulation. It gave me the opportunity to see how the car feels in qualifying and race conditions. The understanding of the tyres was a very important point, especially here in Barcelona where we know graining of the front tyres is a big issue. However, we were able to manage the degradation of the tyres quite well. Unfortunately we were not able to complete the race simulation due to a supected water leak.
What comes next: Tomorrow, Nico Hülkenberg will be at the wheel of the Sauber C32. It will be the final testing day before the season starts on March 17th in Melbourne.