Teamlogo_SauberF1TeamSantander German Grand Prix – Practice – Friday, 05.07.2013

Weather: cloudy and dry, 16-18°C air, 19-27°C track

The free practice sessions today went well for the Sauber F1 Team Drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez. The team was able to run through the whole programme in dry conditions and without any issues.
Ahead of his Home Grand Prix Sauber F1 Team Driver Nico Hülkenberg is supporting the German helmet manufacturer Schuberth with its worldwide charity auction of genuine Formula One helmets. The proceeds will support the flood victims in the helmet manufacturer’s hometown of Magdeburg. The auction is now open on ‘eBay for charity’ and will continue until 14th July.

Nico Hülkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 12th / 1:33.810 min (20 laps) / 2nd Practice 15th / 1:32.495 min (39 laps)
“Finally a Friday with consistent weather conditions. We were able to work through the whole programme without any difficulties. We tested a lot of different things, and I think the positions we are at reflect where we can be with the speed we currently have. However, there is still some room to improve the set-up of the car. So now we have to have a good look at the data in order to get the maximum out of the car. Tomorrow will be another dry day and, of course, I will do everything possible to get into Q3.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 17th / 1:34.437 min (24 laps) / 2nd Practice 16th / 1:32.762 min (44 laps)
“I think it was a very productive day. We managed to run through the whole programme without any problems. We were trying different se- ups, which varied a lot, so it was tricky switching between the different ones.  This was something we don’t usually do, but at the end we gained valuable information. The day went well and it seems our performance in the long runs has improved. With all the data we gathered, I think we made a step forward.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“We had two dry sessions today, with both cars running reliably, so were able to complete our test programme. We continued with our extensive correlation programme gathering some useful data for the factory. The drivers were pretty happy with the car initially. We explored some different set-ups today. We still have some work to do on the low fuel pace, but the higher fuel long runs were pretty strong. Now we have to look at our data tonight to give ourselves the best car for FP3 tomorrow.”